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People lose their hearing when they age because of changes in the entire hearing system. Hearing loss due to the aging process is called presbycusis. In most cases, hearing loss happens slowly over time. It usually happens in both ears and may affect the person’s ability to understand speech
Some people may not admit they are having trouble hearing. Denial is the most important barrier to hearing aid use. The following are some of the most common reasons that older people give for not using a hearing aid:
People with hearing loss that is not treated are more likely to experience depression and worry compared to those who wear hearing aids. Hearing loss that is not treated may have serious emotional and social effects on older adults by:
Working together with a qualified hearing healthcare professional, older adults can evaluate the benefits of hearing aid use and learn to overcome some of the adverse effects that hearing loss can have on their quality of life. In addition, here are some tips that older adults can use for good listening:
Hearing loss affects not only the person with hearing loss but often family members as well. There are some simple things that family members and friends can do to help an older adult carry on a normal conversation:
There are three basic types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed.
Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not sent easily through the outer ear canal to the eardrum and the tiny bones (ossicles) of the middle ear. Conductive hearing loss makes sounds softer and less easy to hear. This type of hearing loss can often be corrected medically or surgically.
Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) happens when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Most of the time, SNHL cannot be medically or surgically corrected. This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss. SNHL reduces the ability to hear faint sounds. Even when speech is loud enough to hear, it may still be unclear or sound muffled.
Mixed hearing loss occurs when a conductive hearing loss happens in combination with an SNHL. In other words, there may be damage in the outer or middle ear and in the inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve.
Hearing aids are electronic devices that collect sound, amplify it, and direct the amplified sound into the ear. While the style of hearing aid may vary, all hearing aids have similar components:
Some hearing aids also have earmolds (or dome ear pieces) to direct the flow of sound into the ear and enhance sound quality.
You can see these and learn more about the different styles of hearing aids on our Hearing Aids page.
When considering the type of hearing aids or features you will need, the hearing healthcare provider will want to know about your lifestyle and activities. For example, do you…
Because hearing aids are so small, your hearing instrument specialist will also consider your ability to see and handle them.