Hearing loss is one of the most common age-related issues that can be attributed to disease, heredity, and noise. Not only can this condition be frustrating to deal with, but it also becomes harder for sufferers to communicate, which may drive them to loneliness. Hearing loss can’t be seen but is usually noticed through changes in one’s behavior and actions.
What is Hearing Loss
Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is the gradual loss of hearing in both ears linked to aging. Almost half of older individuals over 65 years of age have some degree of hearing loss, but most of them aren’t aware of it until it reaches the graver stages. There are three types of hearing loss:
- Sensorineural – Involving the inner ear
- Conductive – Involving outer or middle ear
- Mixed – Involving a mixture of the two
Most types of hearing loss cannot be reversed. Other than aging, chronic exposure and excessive earwax can also temporarily reduce one’s hearing.
Hidden Risks of Hearing Loss
Firstly, people who experience hearing loss may find it a lot harder to fit into social situations. When a person is not able to hear what their friends or family members are saying, asking them to repeat their sentences can bring about feelings of shame or embarrassment. Staying quiet and pretending to understand would seem like a better option for most of them. This makes it so much harder to maintain relationships with their loved ones and friends, which can gradually lead to social isolation. This is extremely dangerous for older adults who live alone, as extended periods alone can also lead to feelings of depression. Not engaging in conversation much as you age may lead to cognitive issues as well, like dementia or Alzheimer’s. What you should look out for most is your safety when it comes to hearing loss. Our ears collect subtle cues to assist with balance, and hearing loss dulls these critical signals, making one more prone to falls and injuries.
Signs of Hearing Loss
Due to the gradual loss of hearing, most people are not aware of their condition in its early stages. If a hearing problem isn’t diagnosed and treated, it can lead to damage in parts of the brain related to hearing. Here are the most common signs of hearing loss in older adults you should look out for:
- Misunderstanding what people say and not answering in an accepted way
- Frequently asking those speaking around you to repeat themselves
- Complaining about ringing or pain in their ears accompanied by dizziness
- Turning up the volume of the television or radio too high
- Having trouble following conversations when two or more people talk
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