Hearing Loss in Elderly

Hearing loss in older adults is a common condition as 1 in 2 adults over the age of 65 have some form of hearing loss. Often, people are unaware that they are affected by presbycusis (age-related hearing loss) which affects the ability to hear high-pitched noises like the ringing of a phone.

What Are the Causes of Age-related Hearing Loss? Hearing loss mostly occurs due to the changes in the following:
– Structure of the inner ear
– Structures within the middle ear
– Alterations in blood flow to the ear
– Damage to the tiny hairs in the ears
– There are also other issues that can lead to age-related hearing loss. They include:
– Exposure to loud noises
– Smoking
– Diabetes
– Usage of certain drugs or medications

How can Hearing Loss Be Improved in the Elderly?
Although there are no cures for hearing loss in the elderly, the condition can still be treated. The treatment you receive will be determined by your symptoms, age and overall health. It will also depend on the severity of the problem.

Treatment options for presbycusis include:
– Hearing Aids
– Assistive devices like telephone amplifiers
– Training to use sign language or lip reading

Hearing loss is one of the conditions affecting many older adults. It disrupts communication, leaving those affected especially vulnerable to social isolation and depression. Nursing home could make a big difference.

Love Thy Neighbor Home Care Services is a comprehensive home care agency licensed by the Georgia Department of Community Health. Contact us today to see how our compassionate, dedicated caregivers provide the assistance might be best for your loved one. Call us now at 678-892-9118 and speak with us about how we can meet your needs.

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