Anti aging guide

Hearing and Age Related Changes



How presbyacusis affects hearing when aging

The ability to hear high-pitched sound declines with age. Also, there is a loss in our ability to hear consonants, though our ability to hear vowels is preserved.

The causes of hearing loss include ear infections, injuries, the age-related form of hearing loss called `presbyacusis’ and other, rarer, medical conditions.

Presbyacusis affects one in three people over the age of 65 and it may be due to life-long exposure to noise, minor infections and other small, repetitive damage. So, if you are still young, now is the time to help prevent this by avoiding ear-splitting noise. You may like dancing to deafening music, but the problem is that when you are older only a hearing aid will bring music to your ears.

Slight loss of hearing, which is normal in later life, can affect memory in two ways:

  1. It causes people to mishear what is said and the information does not reach the brain in the first place.
  2. It makes the act of hearing more difficult and leaves less time to comprehend and store the information in the brain. This makes it harder to remember what was said. Therefore, slight loss of hearing can make conversation slow and less rewarding.
Posted by Carol Hudgens - February 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm