Also known as Presbycusis, age-related hearing loss is the gradual loss of hearing that occurs as we age. A form of sensorineural hearing loss, age-related hearing loss commonly affects both ears and can make it harder to distinguish higher-pitched sounds, such as children's voices and ringing phones, impacting the way that we communicate and our day-to-day life. The severity of age-related hearing loss does vary from person to person, with some people unaware they are experiencing it due to its gradual nature.
Although it can be hard to recognise that you are experiencing age-related hearing loss because of the gradual impact on your hearing, some of the most common signs and symptoms of age-related hearing loss can include:
It is important to note that age-related hearing loss, just like any other form of hearing loss, does affect people differently. You may experience all symptoms mentioned above or just a few.
To diagnose presbycusis, your audiologist will examine your ears to rule out any other causes of hearing loss. A full hearing test will also be conducted to identify the extent of your hearing loss.
Some of the most common causes of age-related hearing loss include:
Although age-related hearing loss does affect a large portion of the older population, there are a few behaviours that can help to lessen the impact of age-related hearing loss over time. These include:
If you are concerned about your hearing health, book a free hearing check with Bay Audiology to receive a professional assessment of your hearing.
If you believe you may be experiencing age-related hearing loss, booking a hearing test at Bay Audiology will allow us to help determine the severity of your condition and what treatments are available for your needs.
Depending on the severity of age-related hearing loss, the condition can be managed in one of several different ways. These may include: