Looking out for age-related hearing loss

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As you grow older, you’re sure to find yourself getting used to all kinds of changes and a drop in your quality of hearing can be one of them. Hearing loss due to aging is a very common problem and can have a real impact on your day-to-day life.

Find out more about the things you can do to treat and prevent hearing loss and remember to look after your ears.

How aging affects your hearing

Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis can have a big effect on your quality of life. Watching for the symptoms and catching degradation in hearing early can help you seek treatment and find solutions before the condition becomes pronounced. Get started by having a read of the NHS guide to hearing problems, which cites age as the biggest single cause of hearing loss.

Most people start to lose a small amount of hearing quality in their 30s or 40s and this tends to become very gradually worse as they age. The majority of people suffer from significant hearing loss by the time they reach their 80s and some lifestyle and environmental factors can exacerbate and speed up the process.

For example, repeated exposure to loud noises can damage the ear and also cause noise-related hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss can also be caused by a variety of health issues, such as diabetes, smoking and poor circulation. America’s National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders has created a useful resource of anyone worried about their hearing, including a hearing loss quiz to help you determine whether it’s time to take any changes in quality seriously.

Looking after your hearing

By taking care of your ears, you may be able to enjoy better levels of hearing for longer. For some useful tips, have a look at WebMD’s article about preventing hearing loss. While age-related hearing loss is a natural part of growing old, there are some things you can do to help you preserve your hearing for as long as possible. Audiology Online has also created an interesting resource discussing the connections between a healthy diet and your hearing, suggesting that the food you eat can have an on-going impact.

If you’ve noticed that you are suffering from hearing loss, be sure to make an appointment with your GP so that you can have your hearing assessed. Today’s hearing aids are incredibly sophisticated instruments and they could offer a significant increase in your auditory abilities. You can find out more about aids and the options from NHS Choices or have a look at the information collated by Age UK.

There’s no need to worry about hearing loss alone – there are many different resources available to assess your difficulties and help you find solutions. Be vigilant for signs that your hearing has become significantly worse and make sure you’re ready to find help and hearing services if and when you need them.


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5th Apr 2016
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Not very long ago, I realised that I might actually have some hearing loss. I wrote a lighthearted poem about the difficulties I was having (showcased on SS at the time) and that I had decided to get tested to find out if indeed I had some loss. I arranged my test with Boots HearingCare. I admit that I was feeling very apprehensive about it and really didn't know what to expect. I had noticed previously, that Silversurfers had some information on Hearing Loss in the Health section of the website, but I hadn't actually read through it. So, before I attended the appointment, I did go to the article and I read through everything, and I am so very glad that I did. It gave me a great deal of information and insight about how our hearing system works, with lots of basic easy to understand detail, which made me realise that I knew very little about any of it at all. I went off to my appointment feeling a lot less worried and confident that I would understand what would happen and that I would be able to understand what the Audiologist would be talking about. The result of my tests did indeed indicate that I had hearing loss, but I was a little shocked at the extent of it. I had loss in both ears, with one worse than the other. To cut my long story short, I am now the proud owner of two tiny digital hearing aids which have already made a huge difference to my life. They can be programmed to assist my hearing in many different situations and environments and this is being done slowly,over a period of time, so that I can adjust and get used to them. I have had no problems with my hearing aids at all and don’t even feel that I am wearing them. My family and friends have noticed the difference in me, but not my hearing aids.
Sally, The Silversurfers article was invaluable to me, so I very grateful for that indeed.
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Thank you Karen, and so glad we were able to support you through this, and happy to hear your positive outcome too.

Best wishes, Sally 🙂

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