Common Ear Problems – Hearing Loss Associated with Old Age

Problems related to ears may cripple one’s life. It becomes difficult to socialize due to problems in understanding conversations and even talking on the phone.

Such problems often lead to loneliness, anger, isolation or depression. The most common ear problem during old age is hearing loss.

Age-Related Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss Associated with Old Age:

Presbycusis happens due to wear and tear of the nerves in the inner ear. Factors that hasten Presbycusis include diabetes, hypertension, thyroid problems or deficiency in Iron, Vitamin B complex and lack of exercise. Another factor is sound pollution. Only treatment option is hearing aid.

Vertigo – giddiness or spinning sensation as balance relies on the ear. It may or may not be associated with hearing loss. Medication and specific exercise help in controlling this condition.

Tinnitus ringing in ears. It occurs due to wear and tear or changes in the nervous structure and brain. This condition can be reduced by way of maskers in the hearing aids wherein the ringing sound is suppressed by creating external white sound. Medication may help in few cases. About 30 to 40 per cent of people aged 60 and above suffer from these problems.

Seek medical aid if you:

• Have trouble hearing over the telephone or missing doorbells.

• Have difficulty in following conversations, or if you have to ask people to repeat themselves often.

• Turn up the TV volume so loud that others complain.

• Hear ringing, roaring or hissing sound a lot.

• If others complain that you talk loudly or if some sounds seem too loud to you.

• If the loss is more severe in one ear or there is more noise in one ear, the hearing loss may be caused due to reasons such as tumors.

Although these conditions are degenerative, hearing aids can be helpful to a large extent. Visit an audiologist, who will determine the degree of hearing loss, and prescribe an appropriate hearing aid.

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SOURCE: B-Positive Health Magazine

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