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What’s Normal? Hearing Loss You Can Expect After 60

What’s Normal? Hearing Loss You Can Expect After 60

As we age, we often think of things that we used to take for granted. One example of this is hearing. It is a natural part of ageing to lose our hearing ability, referred to as presbycusis. By 75, nearly half of all people have age-related hearing loss; by 80, the vast majority do. But what symptoms of hearing loss are normal for a 60-year-old to experience?

Symptoms of Age-Related Hearing Loss

If you are experiencing age-related hearing loss, you may:

  • Have difficulty distinguishing between conversations when there is background noise, like in a busy restaurant.
  • Find it easier to understand deeper voices.
  • Not be able to hear high-pitched sounds, such as a tea kettle.
  • Experience a ringing in your ears called tinnitus.
  • Be more likely to have hearing loss if you are a man.
  • Think that people are mumbling or slurring their speech.

It is important to note that these symptoms may appear gradually and often in both ears.

Diagnosing Presbycusis

An otoscopy (or ear exam) is a standard part of a visit with your Audiologist, like Samantha here at Summertown Audiology. Your Audiologist will use a lighted scope (otoscope), to check your ears. They may look for the following:

  • Inflammation
  • Infections
  • Blockage of the ear canal
  • Damage to the eardrum

If you have been experiencing hearing loss, you will likely need to see an Audiologist for a complete hearing exam.

A hearing exam (or audiogram) is a straightforward test. You will put on headphones; then, a machine will play sounds to one ear at a time. This test enables the Audiologist to see if you have any age-related hearing loss and to what degree, as well as pinpoint if you have a weaker ear.

Treating Age-Related Hearing Loss

Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, your age, health and other factors, some of the following may be treatment options:

  • Assistive listening devices: This can include apps on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Cochlear implants: Cochlear implants are surgically implanted in your inner ear and are typically only used for patients with severe hearing loss.
  • Hearing aids: You can wear these in or behind your ear. They are devices to amplify the sounds around you. There are many styles of hearing aid, including behind-the-ear (BTE), in-the-ear (ITE), and in-the-canal (ITC).

As you reach the age of 60, some hearing loss is to be expected. However, with proper medical care and treatment, it does not need to slow you down!  There is nothing to worry about, you are in safe hands - book your hearing test or ear wax removal with us today CLICK HERE

 

Date: 21 March 2023