Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, comes from the Greek words presbys, meaning “old”, and akousis, meaning “hearing”. It’s a lot like irreversible balding: once the hair cells in your inner ear are damaged, they don’t grow back.
Often occurring gradually as we get older, age-related hearing loss generally affects your ability to hear high-pitched frequencies and usually occurs in both ears. Since it occurs over time, those dealing with the condition may not notice it at first.
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It's no secret that our hearing takes a toll as we age. What's a bit more difficult to explain is the exact reason why, as age-related hearing is often accompanied by other causes, such as exposure to loud noise and a reduction in the tiny hairs cells in our ears.
Most commonly, changes to the inner ear are to blame for the gradual reduction in hearing capabilities. Changes to the middle ear or nerve pathways leading to the brain can also happen, but this is less common.
While age-related hearing loss can be genetic and often isn't preventable, not everything is black and white. Other causes of hearing loss can include:
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Age-related hearing loss audiograms typically show a pattern of hearing loss that is greatest in the high-frequency range. With hearing loss in this range, it can be hard to hear birds chirping, doorbells and telephones ringing, and children’s and women’s voices.
The degree of hearing loss can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the age-related changes in the auditory system. In many cases, the hearing loss is bilateral and symmetrical, meaning that it affects both ears equally.
The audiogram may show a sloping pattern, where the hearing threshold is worse in the high frequencies and improves towards the low frequencies. The speech discrimination scores may also be reduced, particularly in noisy environments.
Overall, audiograms can provide valuable information about the type, degree, and configuration of the age-related hearing loss, which can help guide treatment options and management strategies.
This chart below indicates the possible decline in hearing due to aging.Book an appointment with one of our hearing centers to get your hearing tested for age related hearing loss.
Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is a common condition that affects many older adults. But just because it's common, doesn't mean it's inevitable. In fact, there are several steps you can take to help protect your hearing as you age and ensure you can enjoy all the sounds of life for years to come.
Hearing is an essential part of our health and well-being. That's why treatment is so important. Not only can healthy hearing help physically protect us in a fast-paced, busy world, it can prevent social isolation and depression as well. Hearing loss can also lead to a reduction in brain stimulation, as sounds we should be hearing aren't getting through. This can lead to memory loss and even dementia.
For these reasons, it’s essential to treat your hearing loss early. That could include exploring hearing aid options that suit your needs and even taking them for a screening drive with a complimentary demo. If you or a loved one is living with hearing loss, there are solutions. Book a complimentary online consultation with one of our Hearing Care Professionals and take back your hearing health today.