Hearing loss is a chronic condition many seniors experience. About one in three over 65 experience some degree of hearing loss. There are many reasons hearing loss occurs but aging is the main contributor. Loss of hearing is ranked third on the list of chronic conditions in the elderly right behind preceded by high blood pressure and arthritis.
As the baby boomer generation grows older hearing loss is expected to rise. When one experiences hearing loss it can also affect one’s emotional, physical and even social well-being. Symptoms that may occur due to hearing loss are:
- Difficulty understanding others
- Muffled noises
- Needing to turn the volume up higher than in the past
- Trying to avoid conversations or social settings
- Depression can also occur
According to a study in the Journal of American Medical Association many elderly patients are not evaluated or treated for hearing loss. This may be due to the fact that the elderly do not seek care or diagnosis of hearing loss. If you know of someone who may be experiencing hearing loss, please urge them to seek help. With all the new technology being developed, there are many hearing aid devices that can improve their hearing loss.