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Age-related Hearing Loss Is Often Untreated

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Have you ever considered whether you are having a hard time hearing? Most people in their advanced years don't consider this because hearing loss is often so gradual that they don't notice it occurring. If you are noticing changes to your hearing, the best thing that you can do is to talk to your audiologist and get your hearing tested. Hearing loss is no joke, and while you may not notice it right away, it could surprise you to know that age-related hearing loss often goes untreated.

By the time you retire, there is every chance that you will be dealing with some level of hearing loss, and if this is the case, you need to decide whether your hearing loss is affecting your quality of life or not. Age-related hearing loss is the type of hearing loss that often goes untreated. Understanding why will make a difference as to whether you will see an audiologist sooner rather than later.

What is age-related hearing loss?

The medical term for age-related hearing loss is presbycusis, and it affects 50% of adults over the age of 75. Age related hearing loss affects a lot of adults and as you age, you may notice other areas of your body beginning to decline. Some people notice their eyes declining, their skin looking and feeling differently and their hearing is another matter entirely.

As we age the structure of our ears change, and usually it's not until we are in our senior years that we notice the damage that has been done over time. Most hearing loss is preventable, but age-related hearing loss is a little different. The changes in the structure of the ear as well as changes to the tiny hair cells that help to conduct sound in the ear can show that your hearing is declining. If your brain isn't getting all of the information that you are hearing, you are going to lose sound in your environment. 

Once the hair cells in the ear are damaged, there is no going back! These cannot be repaired, and the hearing loss is permanent. It's more common than you think, with many seniors noticing a change in their ability to hear as time goes on. The problem is that most people don't get help for their hearing loss and it then goes undiagnosed.

Signs and symptoms of age-related hearing loss

When we're younger, we listen to stupidly loud music and attend concerts, hanging out next to the bass and dancing like crazy and we do these things without a care in the world! Understanding what the signs and symptoms are of age-related hearing loss will help you to go ahead and get the appointment booked with your audiologist. There are some signs that you can look out for yourself, including:

  • Noisy environments: Our ears are exceptionally clever, and we are often able to decipher different sounds and conversation away from the crowds. When your hearing starts to decline, you will notice that you are finding it hard to hear other people when there is a lot of background noise. This isn't ideal as it can really affect your ability to engage and interact with other people.
  • Speech difficulties: Not yours but understanding speech from other people becomes difficult as your hearing declines. Having a hard time hearing someone talking to you from across the room is a classic sign that your hearing is declining as you age.
  • Excuse me? It's a phrase you find yourself repeating as you cannot understand what people are telling you, so you have to ask them to say the same thing over and over again. When you are asking people to repeat themselves either in person or on the phone, you are going to find it gets very old to constantly say the same thing. It also shows you cannot hear as well as you thought you could!
  • Turn it up: Your TV, radio and phone are all at maximum volume levels, and yet you are still having difficulty hearing what's going on. You turn it up and up, and when you do this, you are experiencing hearing loss. You need help with this, and an audiologist can help you out!
  • Missing your alarm: Soft sounds are often difficult to hear when your hearing is beginning to decline. It's one of the first things that you miss out on as you experience hearing loss.

Contact us today

If you are ready to treat your age-related hearing loss, the best thing that you can do is contact The Center for Audiology today at 713-255-0035 or Pearland: 713-800-5050. We're here to help you to sort your age-related hearing loss woes once and for all.