Do You Have Age-Related Hearing Loss

They say everything gets better with age, unfortunately that’s not completely true especially when it comes to your eyes and ears. At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ we care for both. However in this article we’ll focus on your hearing and how it changes during the aging process.

One form of age-related hearing loss is called presbycusis. This is where the tiny hair cells in you ears that help you hear start to break. As the number of functioning hair cells decrease, so does our ability to hear. Unfortunately you cannot grow any more hair cells, so the damage is permanent.

For most, presbycusis is simply a result of age. However, other factors can increase your likelihood of getting age-related hearing loss such as:

A family history of hearing loss

Smoking

Loud noise exposure

Medical conditions, like diabetes

Symptoms of age-related hearing loss vary in severity. Be aware of these signs of age-related hearing loss:

Trouble hearing conversations

Trouble understanding people in noisy environments

Trouble understanding children and others with high-pitched voices

Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)

Evaluation

At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ our Board Certified Licensed Hearing Aid Specialist can identify what form of hearing loss you might have, and if you are concerned you may hear everything the specialist is saying feel free to bring a relative or friend along with you. In our spacious hearing center there is plenty of room for everyone. Call us today at 772-286-4327 to schedule your free comprehensive hearing screening.

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