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Age and Hearing Loss

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You don?t have to be in your 80?s or 90?s to suffer from age related hearing loss, in fact approximately thirty five percent of people between the ages of 65 and 75 have at least some noticeable level of hearing loss.? Age related hearing loss, or presbycusis, can be caused by a few different factors, including repeated exposure to excessively loud noises or family history and depending upon the severity it can affect both the quality of life and the amount of care and elderly person needs.

At the outset the symptoms may be barely noticeable, with some difficulty picking up voices in a crowd, having to turn up the TV or radio an extra notch or trouble distinguishing some word sounds, but with each year that passes as the hearing deteriorates more, a person may need to be fitted for a hearing aid, they may need a smoke/fire detector that is visual as well as audible and they may benefit from an amplified door bell and phone ? in severe cases some extra help via home care may be a necessity.

Though there are state of the art hearing aids and plenty of available gadgets and devices for assistance, there is no known cure for age related hearing loss and it will continue to get progressively worse with each year that goes by.? The key to keeping seniors with hearing loss healthy is to provide them with the necessary technological assistance and to ensure that they have the appropriate type of home care should the hearing loss become bad enough to necessitate it.

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