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Facts about Aging and Hearing Loss

Facts about Aging and Hearing Loss

  • Thirty percent of adults age 65 and older have a hearing loss
  • Fifty percent of adults age 75 and older have a hearing loss
  • Presbycusis is the type of hearing loss most often associated with the aging process
  • It usually occurs in both ears
  • It is worse for the higher pitches
  • It involves difficulty understanding speech, especially in noise
  • It is not reversible medically or surgically
  • It usually gets worse over time

Information provided by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association pamphlet, "Communication for a Lifetime. Speech, Language, and Hearing in the Older Adult"

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