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Understanding Hearing Loss

Understanding Hearing Loss

The most common form of hearing loss is age related and known technically as presbycusis. This is an age related hearing loss and around 60 % of people in their 60’s will notice its affect and begin to ponder hearing aids. Usually these hearing losses are in the range of 30 to 60 decibels, being mild to moderate.

Correlation with Cognitive Decline

There is growing evidence that hearing loss is one of several modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline in age. It is recommended that early hearing loss be taken very seriously and intervention strategies be employed early to minimize risks that may accrue with cognitive function.

Typical difficulties are;

  • Difficulty understanding conversation in background noise
  • Perception that other people are mumbling
  • Difficulty hearing the softer voices of women and children
  • Television or radio being too loud for others
  • Not hearing the indicators in your car
  • Routinely needing the mobile phone on loudspeaker to hear clearly
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears

Less common are conductive hearing losses often seen in young children with fluid in their middle ears and sometimes in adults who have had a trauma or infection damaging the ear drum.

Mixed hearing losses are a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing losses.

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