Hearing loss for many is just a part of the aging process. Like our vision, our hearing often deteriorates or wears down as we move into our golden years. The term presbycusis is actually the term hearing professionals use for the process of age-related hearing loss. So does everyone get hearing loss due to age?
Some simple facts on hearing loss and age:
- Scientific studies (lots of them) show a correlation between hearing loss and aging
- 33% of those between the ages of 65 and 75 report some degree of hearing loss
- After the age of 75 the likelihood of experiencing hearing loss climbs to 50%
Hearing loss isn’t always just caused by age; there are many other factors that can contribute to the likelihood of someone experiencing hearing loss throughout a lifetime. For example, genetic predisposition, exposure to loud noise throughout a lifetime, other disease such as diabetes, ototixic drugs and head trauma are just a few other causes.
Luckily when hearing loss does occur, there are many available treatments, such as the use of hearing aids.
To learn more about age-related hearing loss and how you can prevent hearing loss during a lifetime, visit: