Presbycusis Counseling and Treatment
Age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, is one of the most common causes of hearing loss in adults worldwide, accounting for up to 80% of all cases of hearing loss and affecting more than half of the adult population over age 75, most adults over the age of 80, and nearly all adults who are 90 years and above.
Because presbycusis comes on at a very slow pace in most individuals, most do not address the issue until it becomes a struggle to understand conversations and communicate with family, friends, and co-workers. One of the keys to enjoying better hearing for a longer period of time is to address presbycusis as early as possible.
Presbycusis and Its Risk Factors
Age-related hearing loss is the gradual loss of hearing in both ears, affecting your ability to hear high-pitched sounds, such as a phone ringing, the beeping of a microwave, or the voices of women and children, while your ability to hear low-pitched noises is usually not affected.
The three main types of presbycusis include: sensory presbycusis (loss of hair cells and a high-frequency hearing deficit), metabolic (loss of stria vascularis and a low-frequency hearing deficit), and neural (loss of ganglion cells and a variable pattern of hearing loss).
Presbycusis begins to affect 11% of adults between ages 44 and 54, 25% between ages 55 and 64, 43% between ages 65 and 84, most adults over the age of 80, and nearly all adults over 90 years of age.
The risk factors connected to the onset and severity of presbycusis can include:
Presbycusis Signs and Symptoms
The most common signs and symptoms of age-related hearing loss can include:
Frequently Asked Questions about Presbycusis
What causes presbycusis?
The most common cause of age-related hearing loss is damage or deterioration in the inner ear, usually the loss of hair cells, which are sensory receptors in the cochlea. However, deterioration to structures or functionality in the middle ear or along the nerve pathways of the auditory system can also lead to presbycusis.
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Presbycusis Evaluation, Counseling, and Treatment
Counseling and treatment are facilitated by the identification of hearing loss, which is often mistaken for cognitive impairment.
Evaluating presbycusis involves a comprehensive hearing assessment to determine the type and severity of hearing loss associated with the condition. The assessment includes a physical examination of the ears, which is used to rule out blockages from cerumen, growths, tumors (such as acoustic neuroma), inflammation, or foreign objects, as well as instrument testing to measure the type and severity of hearing loss.
Because age-related hearing loss can begin to develop as early as age 44, our audiologists recommend annual hearing tests starting at 50 years of age in order to measure the progression and begin counseling and treatment before the condition has a more significant impact on your hearing.
Directed treatment to prevent or reverse effects of presbycusis is not available. However, multiple counseling and treatment options can compensate for hearing loss and improve daily function and well-being, including:
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Schedule a Hearing Assessment
If you’re over the age of 40 and everyone around you seems to be mumbling, you’re experiencing ringing or buzzing in your ears, it’s easier to understand men than women and children, or if it is becoming impossible to enjoy a night out because of background noise, you could be experiencing an age-related hearing loss.
Before your condition deteriorates further, leading to additional negative physical and mental conditions, seek the help of our licensed professional audiologists at Utah Ear Institute for counseling and treatment for presbycusis.
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