“Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing”.1

Umbrella
What may the Hearing Loss Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Hearing Changes/Decline/Difficulty/Impairment
  • Hearing Loss

Definition

What is hearing loss?

DotS the definition of hearing loss may vary. The (United States) MedlinePlus’ definition is:

“Hearing loss is being partly or totally unable to hear sound in one or both ears”.2

Symptoms

What may symptoms of hearing loss include?

In Hearing Loss: Considerations the MedlinePlus explain:

“Symptoms of hearing loss may include:

  • Certain sounds seem overly loud in one ear
  • Difficulty following conversations when two or more people are talking
  • Difficulty hearing in noisy areas
  • Trouble telling high-pitched sounds (such as “s” or “th”) from one another
  • Less trouble hearing men’s voices than women’s voices
  • Hearing voices as mumbled or slurred”.3

Cause

What may cause hearing loss?

In Hearing Loss: A Common Problem for Older Adults the (United States) National Institute on Aging (NIA) elaborate on:

“Hearing loss is a common problem caused by noise, aging, disease, and heredity”.4

Age-Related Hearing Loss

What is age-related hearing loss?

DotS the definition of age-related hearing loss may vary. The (United States) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ (NIDCD) definition is:

“Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most of us as we grow older. It is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults”.5

Common or Not

How common is age-related hearing loss?

In Age-Related Hearing Loss: What Is Age-Related Hearing Loss? the NIDCD elaborate on:

“Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing”.6

Menopause

Is there a relationship between menopause and hearing loss?

The North American Menopause Society note:

Hearing Loss“There is some evidence of a relationship between menopause and hearing, but it is unknown whether sex steroids, specifically estrogens, preserve hearing during aging”.7

Health Care Provider

What if I think I have hearing loss?

If you think you have hearing loss it may be in your best interest to talk to your health care provider about this.

In Hearing Loss: A Common Problem In Older Adults – Signs of Hearing Loss the NIA explain:

“Some people have a hearing problem and don’t realize it. You should see your doctor if you:

  • Have trouble hearing over the telephone
  • Find it hard to follow conversations when two or more people are talking
  • Often ask people to repeat what they are saying
  • Need to turn up the TV volume so loud that others complain
  • Have a problem hearing because of background noise
  • Think that others seem to mumble
  • Can’t understand when women and children speak to you”.8

The MedlinePlus also note:

“Call your provider if:

  • Hearing problems interfere with your lifestyle
  • Hearing problems do not go away or become worse
  • The hearing is worse in one ear than the other
  • You have sudden, severe hearing loss or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • You have other symptoms, such as ear pain, along with hearing problems
  • You have new headaches, weakness, or numbness anywhere on your body”.9

In Hearing Loss: Overview the (United Kingdom) NHS (National Health Service) note:

“See your GP if you notice any problems with your hearing so you can find out the cause and get advice on treatment”.10

Who is a GP?

DotS and/or DotC (Depending on the Country) a GP may be a qualified and registered general practitioner, a medical practitioner, a medical doctor or a doctor.

Health Topics A-Z

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Sources

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Sources

  1. Age-Related Hearing Loss: What Is Age-Related Hearing Loss? March 2016. Last Updated Date: 17 July 2018. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/Pages/Age-Related-Hearing-Loss.aspx Accessed: 03 March 2020
  2. Hearing Loss. Updated Date: 17 May 2018. Page Last Updated: 04 March 2020. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003044.htm Accessed: 06 March 2020
  3. Hearing Loss: Considerations. Updated Date: 17 May 2018. Page Last Updated: 04 March 2020. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003044.htm Accessed: 06 March 2020
  4. Hearing Loss: A Common Problem for Older Adults. Content Reviewed: 20 November 2018. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/hearing-loss-common-problem-older-adults Accessed: 03 March 2020
  5. Age-Related Hearing Loss: What Is Age-Related Hearing Loss? March 2016. Last Updated Date: 17 July 2018. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/Pages/Age-Related-Hearing-Loss.aspx Accessed: 03 March 2020
  6. Age-Related Hearing Loss: What Is Age-Related Hearing Loss? March 2016. Last Updated Date: 17 July 2018. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/Pages/Age-Related-Hearing-Loss.aspx Accessed: 03 March 2020
  7. North American Menopause Society Menopause Guidebook: 5 Midlife Body Changes – Vision and Hearing: Hearing. 8th Edition 2015:42
  8. Hearing Loss: A Common Problem for Older Adults – Signs of Hearing Loss. Content Reviewed: 20 November 2018. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/hearing-loss-common-problem-older-adults Accessed: 03 March 2020
  9. Hearing Loss: When To Contact A Medical Professional. Updated Date: 17 May 2018. Page Last Updated: 04 March 2020. MedlinePlus https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003044.htm Accessed: 06 March 2020
  10. Hearing Loss: Overview. Page Last Reviewed: 01 August 2018. NHS (National Health Service) https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hearing-loss/ Accessed: 03 March 2020
Topic Last Updated: 15 May 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 03 March 2020
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