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What is Elderly Hearing Loss?

September, 2012 TSG_PTIMG_hearing

Elderly hearing loss, which is otherwise known as presbycusis, is hearing loss, which is brought about by the natural process of the body aging. As we get older, our ability to hear, like our ability to see, often diminishes. Because we all age, this is a very common problem.

Devices such as hearing aids have been invented to help older people to hear, especially in crowded environments where there is a lot of background noise. If you find yourself asking others to repeat what they’ve said, or need to turn up the radio or television more and more, you could be experiencing the onset of presbycusis.

As early as the tender age of twenty, our hearing begins to decline. Although we may not notice it at first, it slowly creeps up on us day by day. We can do certain things to protect our hearing, even if we can’t prevent our own aging process. For example, protect your ears whenever you are around loud machinery or other noise. Don’t listen to your music too loud – anything over eighty-five decibels is too loud. Running a chainsaw can cause hearing damage if you don’t use ear protection, as well as any other loud type of equipment. Construction workers often have hearing loss due to their profession. You should also protect your ears from any form of physical trauma, as eardrum damage usually causes hearing loss.

Aging is a relatively common cause of sensorineural loss of hearing. Aging of the body causes the inside nerves and other cells of the ear to die off over a period of time. Many times there is no treatment for such hearing loss. However, hearing lost can be improved significantly by using devices such as elderly hearing aids. There are many different kinds of effective hearing aids available today.

All hearing aids essentially contain the same components to help you hear better. However, they do differ in size and how they are attached to the ear. Most are coloured so that they blend into the colouring of the natural ear. Some go inside of the canal of the ear while others only fit partially inside of the canal. Smaller hearing aids are not as powerful as larger ones and are usually more expensive as well. Also, the life of their battery is also shorter than that of a larger hearing aid. Some people prefer the small hearing aids, as they are generally less noticeable to others.

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