Frequently Asked Questions
2. What types of hearing loss are most common in older adults?
Presbycusis is common in older adults. Presbycusis comes on gradually as a person ages and is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults.
There are many causes of age-related hearing loss. Most commonly, it arises from changes in the inner ear as we age or from complex changes along the nerve pathways from the ear to the brain. Certain medical conditions and medications may also play a role. Most older people who experience hearing loss have a combination of both age-related hearing loss and noise-induced hearing loss. Presbycusis may make it hard for a person to tolerate loud sounds or to hear what others are saying. If you have age-related hearing loss you may not realize that you’ve lost some of your ability to hear because it occurs gradually.
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