Hearing loss often referred to clinically as presbycusis, is quite common. Approximately one-third of those aged 65 to 75 and living in the U.S. experience some type of hearing loss. For individuals 75-plus, that number hits one in two people.
Hearing loss can be defined into three categories:
Sensorineural (involving the inner ear
Conductive (involving the middle or outer ear)
Mixed (a combination of conductive and sensorineural)
Continued (chronic) exposure to loud noises, as well as age, can create some wear and tear on nerve cells or the hairs within your ear, and contribute to hearing loss. Added causes include excessive earwax, damage to your inner ear, abnormal tumors or growths, a prolonged ear infection, or a ruptured eardrum; all of which can temporarily decrease how well the ears can hear a sound.
Sadly, in most cases, hearing loss cannot be reversed, but there are ways a hearing specialist or doctor can enhance hearing and help a patient.
It’s important to note that if you experience sudden hearing loss, especially in one ear, it’s vital to reach out to your doctor for a checkup. Hearing loss can interfere with a person’s day-to-day routine and schedule, and it’s important to look into ways to seek treatment. Alternative, hearing loss that is age-related can occur gradually, so it may be difficult to notice the change at first.
Below are 10 common symptoms around hearing loss.
For those that are noticing hearing loss, engaging in a conversation while sitting in a crowd or with background noise can be a struggle. You may be able to just barely follow a conversation, and find it extremely difficult to understand the words being spoken. Speaking in a group under these circumstances is especially challenging, and at times, impossible.
The sad truth is that many individuals who struggle with hearing refrain from treatment for years, despite the challenges they face around communication.
Many fluff off the lack of ability to hear properly while in a crowd or with background noise, as these elements might seem to be the main reason behind the lack of hearing.