If you feel your hearing has worsened with age, you’re not alone. Hearing loss affects 30 percent of adults 65–74 years old and almost half of adults 75 years old or older. It also is a more common condition among men than women.


Despite the fact that hearing loss is widely prevalent, many people go undiagnosed or avoid seeking treatment, in turn creating a host of other social, emotional, and physical problems. In fact, only 20 percent of individuals who could benefit from a hearing aid actually use one.


Hearing loss can result from a number of causes, including infections, head injuries or tumors, some medicines, heredity, or even too much ear wax. It can also result from repeated exposure to very loud noise. Age-related hearing loss is called presbycusis (prez-bee-KYOO-sis).



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