Age-related hearing loss, called presbycusis, is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs with age. It typically affects both ears equally, and because it occurs so gradually, many people are not fully aware of the extent of their hearing loss until they are fit with hearing aids and can notice how much their hearing has improved. It is a myth that hearing loss is a “normal” part of aging. The reality is that only approximately 30% of hearing losses are caused by aging alone.
It is especially important for individuals aged 55 and older to have their hearing checked regularly at least every 2 years so if a hearing loss does exist, it can be detected earlier rather than later. The sooner a hearing loss is detected and treated, the sooner one can experience the many important benefits of amplification and enjoy an improved quality of life. It is also important to be aware of the health risks associated with allowing hearing loss to remain untreated.
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