Hearing Loss in Older Adults

Hearing loss is often perceived as an unfortunate but common and therefore insignificant part of the aging process. This is not true. Age related hearing loss has a multitude of effects and the health and functioning of older adults beyond the inconvenience of a quieter world. For example, recent studies at Johns Hopkins Hospital indicate that those with age related hearing loss are more likely to suffer from poor cognitive functioning and dementia compared to individuals with normal hearing. This may be a result of the increased stress on the brain as well as the social isolation that comes with hearing loss. Currently most hearing loss is simply addressed, rather than treated, with medical devices. There is an overwhelming impression that a hearing aid is the only thing needed to treat hearing loss, a result of the bias associated with age related hearing loss. Like any other physical impairment, age related hearing loss requires much more than a quick fix or a simple solution. Currently the best hearing health care is focused on clinic based Audiologic evaluation as well as follow-up appointments. #101

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