Age is one of the leading causes of sensorineural hearing loss. Research has shown that one in three adults over the age of 65 has some degree of hearing loss.
If you are worried about a parent or other loved one who is struggling to hear, read on about the common signs of hearing loss as well as what treatment options exist.
Why Does Aging Increase Your Hearing Loss Risk?
As we age, we become more likely to experience changes to the inner ear and/or the auditory nerve that can affect our hearing. These changes can happen simply because of the natural aging process or due to:
- A family history of hearing loss
- Frequent exposure to loud noise
- Medical conditions like heart disease or diabetes
- Head trauma
- Taking medications that can cause hearing loss
Signs Your Loved One Is Struggling to Hear
Age-related hearing loss is gradual and progressive. If your loved one has hearing loss it may be subtle and easy to brush off at first. However, early intervention is essential as it leads to the best treatment outcome.
If your loved one is experiencing any of the following, they may have hearing loss:
- They complain that everyone is mumbling or ask people to repeat themselves frequently.
- They struggle to hear higher-pitched sounds, like children speaking.
- It seems difficult for them to follow conversations when there is background noise or multiple people are talking at once, like when you have a family dinner out at Palermo Pasta House.
- They watch TV or listen to music at a volume much louder than they used to.
- They experience a ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus.
Getting Help for Your Loved One with Hearing Loss
If your loved one is experiencing signs of hearing loss, encourage them to make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. The exam is quick, painless and provides immediate insight into the severity of a person’s hearing loss.
In most cases of hearing loss, a provider will prescribe hearing aids. However, in some instances, other hearing devices, like cochlear implants, are used.
By treating their hearing loss, your loved one will be able to stay independent and active and participate in family events and other social activities.
If they are nervous about attending the appointment alone, offer to go with them as a sign of support.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Tejas Hearing Aid Center today.