Age-Related Hearing Loss Find Answers

Many adults experience hearing loss as they get older. Read ahead to learn more about the connection between aging and your hearing health.

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Does Everyone Lose Their Hearing When They Get Older?

If you’re just beginning your journey to better hearing, you may be surprised to learn how common hearing loss really is. Consider the following statistics:

Approximately 48 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss.
25% of those aged 65 to 74 have disabling hearing loss.
50% of those who are 75 and older have disabling hearing loss.

The correlation between aging and hearing loss is clear. Not everyone experiences hearing loss as they get older, but those who do are far from alone with their condition.

Why Do People Lose Their Hearing When They Get Older?

Multiple factors may cause a person to lose their hearing as they get older. Experts believe that age-related hearing loss occurs due to changes in our ears as we age, such as the degeneration of tiny hair cells within the inner ear. Genetics may play a role, as well. Long-term exposure to loud noises is also a major cause of hearing loss in old age.

In addition, some medical conditions that are more common to older people are known to contribute to hearing loss, including:

High blood pressure
Use of ototoxic medications

Hearing loss involving changes to the inner ear is known as sensorineural hearing loss, and accounts for 90% of hearing loss problems among adults.

How Can I Prevent Age-Related Hearing Loss?

There’s no guaranteed way to prevent age-related hearing loss. However, limiting one’s exposure to loud noises is critically important for maintaining good hearing in both the short term and the long term. Always use ear protection when working or spending time around damaging sounds, such as:

Loud music
Power equipment

How Do I Know If I Have Age-Related Hearing Loss?

You may be experiencing age-related hearing loss if you’re over the age of 55 and are noticing the sounds around you becoming diminished and/or distorted—particularly high-pitched words or noises.

If you’re unsure whether your hearing has diminished, Beltone is here to help you find answers. Click the link below to take the easy first step of our free online hearing screening.

Can I Ignore My Age-Related Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss impacts much more than your ability to hear. Left untreated, hearing loss can affect many aspects of your life, including your overall health and wellbeing.

Untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, isolation, dementia, falls and more, so seeking treatment quickly is recommended.

Click the link below to learn more about the impacts of hearing loss—and how hearing aids can help you.

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Take the Next Step

Don't wait any longer to begin your journey to better hearing. Beltone is ready to help you hear what matters the most to you.

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Types of Hearing Loss

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss (sometimes called nerve-related hearing loss) is the most common type of hearing loss among adults.

Conductive Hearing Loss

A conductive hearing loss is often temporary and can sometimes be corrected with wax removal, medication or surgery.

Mixed Hearing Loss

Mixed hearing loss is precisely what it sounds like: a mix of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Earbuds & Hearing Loss

Headphones and earbuds can induce hearing loss by isolating loud noises and placing them directly inside your sensitive ear canals.

Medication & Hearing Loss

Prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications that cause either hearing loss or tinnitus symptoms are called ototoxic medications.

Meningitis & Hearing Loss

While meningitis doesn’t always result in hearing loss, people who have had meningitis are at a much higher risk.
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two men sitting outside

Understanding Hearing Loss

Hearing loss—or hearing impairment—is a reduction in your ability to hear. It can happen gradually or relatively quickly. At Beltone, we want to help you understand hearing loss and find the right solution.

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woman looking out of the window

Impacts of Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss has been linked to dementia, depression, falls and other serious health conditions. It can also leave people feeling isolated and make it difficult to participate in once-loved activities. Addressing hearing loss is an important part of maintaining good health.

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man holding onto his ear

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common medical condition associated with hearing loss that is often experienced as ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring in the ears. If you are experiencing these symptoms—intermittently or constantly—a Beltone hearing care professional can help you get relief.