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
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)
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.