What is Presbycusis?
- A gradual reduction in hearing as we get older, typically affecting both ears equally.
- Common in men and women, with men typically having greater hearing loss than women of the same age.
- Typically a greater hearing loss for high frequency sounds than for low frequency sounds.
- A treatable condition that can benefit greatly from technological advances in various amplification or hearing assistance devices, along with counseling on effective communication strategies.
What causes Presbycusis?
- Family history or hereditary factors.
- Changes in the inner ear blood supply related to heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and smoking.
- A loss of sound sensitivity from cumulative exposure to loud sounds.
- Frequently asking people to repeat what they say, especially in “difficult listening places”.
- Ability to hear lower-pitched men's voices easier than higher-pitched women’s or children’s voices.
- People complaining that the TV is being played too loud.
- Tinnitus, also known as “head noise”, which produces buzzing or ringing sounds in the ear.
- Talk honestly with your Audiologist about daily hearing problems.
- Allow your Audiologist to professionally evaluate the type and severity of your hearing loss.
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