What Is Presbycusis?
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 | Admin
Do you find it difficult to have a conversation with your family? Do you struggle meeting new people because you can’t hear them? Do you turn up the television every evening just to hear it?
If the answer is yes, you may be suffering from presbycusis. Originating from the Greek words presbys (old) and akousis (hearing), presbycusis refers to the gradual loss of hearing that affects around 30-35% of adults aged between 65 and 75 years of age. It is caused by the one thing we have no control over: time.
Hearing loss is a common health complaint, with 40-50% of people over 75 suffering from age related problems, including presbycusis.
Presbycusis is a type of sensorineural hearing loss as the sensitive hair cells in the inner ear become damaged. Presbycusis affects both ears equally, so you may not be aware you have a hearing impairment! Presbycusis symptoms include struggling to hear conversations or being told you are talking too loudly. If these are occurring, book in for a hearing test with your local GP!
Presbycusis makes sounds less clear and lower in volume. High pitch noises are more greatly affected, so you’ll hear the rubbish lorry rumbling up but not your wife nagging you about the bins. Women and children are harder to understand than men.
Can you answer yes to the original questions? Do you struggle to hear high pitch sounds? Are you starting to develop tinnitus?
All of these are signs of presbycusis! See what else you can answer yes to:
Treatment of Presbycusis
Short of developing a time machine, presbycusis has no cure. Once those hair cells are damaged, they do not grow back.
That doesn’t mean presbycusis has to have a negative impact on your life! There are several things you can do to help yourself:
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