Adult Hearing Loss

It is estimated that approximately 1/3 of adults over the age of 65 suffer from hearing loss, a number that increases to 50% by the age of 75. Despite these statistics, hearing loss is not confined solely to the older population.

Hearing loss affects adults of all ages. In fact, the #1 cause of hearing impairment is exposure to excess noise.

Noise-induced hearing loss can occur through recreational activities or on the job. The good news is, it can be largely prevented if you take the proper precautions.

Hearing Loss: What are the Causes?

Adult Hearing Loss New Hampshire Patients with hearing loss Manchester experience a decreased sensitivity to sound. Patients often have trouble understanding other people when they are speaking – especially women and children, since high frequencies are usually impacted first. Others may sound as though they are talking in a muffled tone or speaking too softly. Other signs include trouble following conversations when background noise is present, frequently asking people to repeat what they have said, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). In addition to aging and noise exposure, other causes of hearing loss include injury, disease and hereditary conditions. Some of the common medical causes are impacted earwax, otosclerosis, Meniere’s disease, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Different Types of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is categorized as either conductive or sensorineural. A conductive hearing loss is the result of problems in the middle ear, including the ear canal and eardrum. It may be caused by excess wax buildup, ear infections, injury and abnormal growths. Conductive hearing losses can often be cured, either medically or surgically. Sensorineual hearing loss is associated with inner ear disorders that cause damage to the hearing nerve. It may be caused by disease, noise exposure, tumors or hereditary factors. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type, and while it is usually permanent, it can often be successfully treated with hearing aids. A third type, mixed hearing loss, is a combination of the other two. Hearing loss is measured in degrees, and ranges from mild to profound.