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Presbycusis

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.

Symptoms:

  • 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.

Diagnosis:

  • 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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