Dr Molly LeRoy, Audiologist at House of Hearing explaining age related hearing loss

Presbycusis: Understanding and Coping with Age-Related Hearing Loss

At The House of Hearing, we understand that hearing is an essential aspect of our lives, and we’re committed to helping individuals and families navigate through the challenges of hearing loss.

Today, we will be discussing presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss, to help you better understand its causes, symptoms, and impact on daily life.

Our goal is to provide guidance on seeking help, treatment options, and ways to support loved ones with this condition.

Understanding Presbycusis—What Is It?

Presbycusis is the gradual loss of hearing that occurs as people age. It typically affects both ears equally and is a common occurrence among older adults. The average age for onset is around 65 years, but it can begin earlier or later in life.

What Causes Age-Related Hearing Loss?

Age-related hearing loss is primarily caused by the natural aging process. Over time, the hair cells in the inner ear, which are responsible for translating sound waves into nerve signals, begin to degenerate. This degeneration results in a reduced ability to hear sounds, especially those at higher frequencies.

Other factors that can contribute to presbycusis include:

  • Exposure to loud noise over an extended period
  • Certain medications that can damage the ear
  • Genetics and family history
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and poor blood circulation

Symptoms of Presbycusis to Look Out For

Some common symptoms of age-related hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty understanding speech, especially in noisy environments
  • Trouble hearing high-pitched sounds, like a doorbell or telephone ring
  • A need to increase the volume on the TV or radio
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves or speak more slowly

The Domino Effect of Presbycusis

Presbycusis can often cause other conditions such as dizziness, balance issues, and falls. It’s crucial to be aware of these concerns and seek help if needed.

Where to Get Help

If you suspect that you or a loved one may be experiencing age-related hearing loss, it’s important to schedule a hearing test with a qualified audiologist. At The House of Hearing, our team of experts is ready to provide comprehensive evaluations and personalized recommendations for your hearing needs.

Treatment Options—Help is Available

There is currently no cure for presbycusis, but there are various treatment options available to help manage the condition and improve overall quality of life.

These may include:

  • Hearing aids: These devices amplify sound to help improve communication and understanding
  • Assistive listening devices: These can be used to amplify specific sounds or voices, such as a telephone or TV
  • Cochlear implants: For those with severe hearing loss, these surgically implanted devices can provide a sense of sound by directly stimulating the auditory nerve

Caring for Someone with Presbycusis

If you’re caring for a loved one with age-related hearing loss, consider the following tips:

  • Speak clearly and slowly, while facing the person
  • Minimize background noise when possible
  • Be patient and understanding of their communication challenges
  • Encourage them to explore hearing aids or other assistive devices

Reach Out for the Help You Need

Presbycusis is a common age-related condition that can significantly impact one’s quality of life. By recognizing the symptoms and seeking help from professionals like our team at The House of Hearing, individuals can access appropriate treatment options and support.

With understanding, empathy, and a proactive approach, it’s possible to manage age-related hearing loss and maintain an active, fulfilling life.

Don’t let hearing loss hold you or your loved ones back. Take the first step toward better hearing today by contacting us to schedule a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Our caring and experienced team is dedicated to helping you find the right solutions tailored to your unique needs, ensuring you continue to enjoy the sounds of life.

Call us at (801) 657-4175 or book an appointment and take control of your hearing health. Remember, you are not alone in this journey, and we are here to support you every step of the way.