Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. For many people, age-related hearing loss occurs as a gradual reduction in hearing abilities, usually starting around age 40. By age 65, nearly one-third of people will have experienced some degree of hearing loss. For those aged 75 and older, nearly half are affected.
What Causes Age-Related Hearing Loss?
As we age, we experience structural and functional changes to the body that have a negative impact on our hearing abilities. These natural changes manifest in several ways, including alterations in blood circulation and modifications within the delicate structures of the inner ear. The neural pathways connecting the ear to the brain also undergo changes that affect the transmission and processing of auditory information. These changes, while both natural and partly attributed to prolonged exposure to noise over the years, can be exacerbated by underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Please note that age-related hearing loss is often a combination of the above factors rather than a result of a single cause. Genetic predispositions, environmental influences, and lifestyle choices can further shape the trajectory of age-related hearing loss. Regular hearing exams and preventive measures, such as protecting your ears from loud or prolonged noises, can help minimize the impact of age-related hearing loss.
If you are experiencing a loss of hearing, consult with a HearingLoss.com certified provider for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.