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Causes of Hearing Loss

Age-related hearing loss can have many causes, such as genetics and exposure to loud noises and smoking. But most commonly, hearing loss can be attributed to Presbycusis, or changes in the structure of the inner ear over time.

How common is Hearing Loss?

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), “About 30-35 percent of adults between the ages of 65 and 75 years have a hearing loss. It is estimated that 40-50 percent of people 75 and older have a hearing loss.” In conclusion with these statistics, it seems that as adults age further, the more likely it is that hearing loss will occur.

What are the symptoms of age-related hearing loss?

Most age-related hearing loss can be identified when sounds seem less clear and are lower in volume. Other symptoms may include (according to the NIDCD):

  • The speech of others seems mumbled or slurred.
  • High-pitched sounds such as "s" and "th" are difficult to hear and tell apart.
  • Conversations are difficult to understand, especially when there is background noise.
  • A man’s voice is easier to hear than the higher pitches of a woman’s voice.
  • Certain sounds seem annoying or overly loud.
  • Tinnitus (a ringing, roaring, or hissing sound in one or both ears) may also occur.

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