As You Age - Hearing

Publication Date: 
Mon, 08/15/2016
By: Alere Staff

As we age it comes as no surprise that many of us suffer from hearing loss. This process is called presbycusis or age-related hearing loss. The challenges this presents can be many and those who have not experienced this change may not fully understand how it can affect your daily life. Approximately one in three people ages 65-74 has hearing loss.1 Typically, this will affect both ears equally, but because it can be a slow process, many don’t realize how much hearing they have lost. 

So you may ask yourself how this may relate to you. Some hearing changes can’t be serious so it is always best to discuss problems you may have noticed with your healthcare provider. In many situations, you may be able to get your hearing testing and even be set up for a hearing device if you need it. Anytime you are receiving instructions from a member of your healthcare team be sure to repeat back the instructions to confirm that you understand. Taking these steps can directly improve your safety and give you a better understanding of your plan of care. 

Discussing this openly with your healthcare provider could help you receive better healthcare and maybe even a better quality of life. Remember that hearing loss is a natural part of aging and there is nothing wrong with talking about it. 

References:

  1. Age-Related Hearing Loss. (2016, March). Retrieved July 20, 2016, from https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/age-related-hearing-loss.
  2. Martini, A., Castiglione, A., Bovo, R., Vallesi, A., & Gabelli, C. (2015). Aging, cognitive load, dementia and hearing loss. Audiology & Neurotology, 19, 2-5. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000371593.