PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Is hearing loss a common part of aging?

ANSWER

Changes in hearing are common as people get older. But, like going gray, the shift rarely happens overnight. Think of how a person’s first silver strands may only show in a certain light. The start of an age-related hearing problem can be just as subtle.

But it’s important to pay attention to those first signs. People with untreated hearing loss are more likely to be depressed, feel isolated, and have memory problems later on. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, talk to your doctor or an audiologist about getting a hearing test.

From: 6 Subtle Signs of Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Age-Related Hearing loss.”

JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery : "Hearing impairment associated with depression in US adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, 2005-2010.”

Archives of Neurology : "Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia.”

Medscape: “Presbycusis,” “Age-Related Hearing Loss in Men.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hearing Loss.”

American Academy of Audiology: “Audiogram of Familiar Sounds.”

Ear and Hearing : "The effects of hearing aid use on listening effort and mental fatigue associated with sustained speech processing demands.”

Better Hearing Institute: “Signs of Hearing Loss.”

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on September 01, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Age-Related Hearing loss.”

JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery : "Hearing impairment associated with depression in US adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Study, 2005-2010.”

Archives of Neurology : "Hearing Loss and Incident Dementia.”

Medscape: “Presbycusis,” “Age-Related Hearing Loss in Men.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hearing Loss.”

American Academy of Audiology: “Audiogram of Familiar Sounds.”

Ear and Hearing : "The effects of hearing aid use on listening effort and mental fatigue associated with sustained speech processing demands.”

Better Hearing Institute: “Signs of Hearing Loss.”

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on September 01, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

Are are some signs of hearing loss?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.