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:
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.