Seniors and hearing loss: What you should know




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Seniors and hearing loss: What you should know

Posted on Mar 23, 2016

When you are transitioning into senior living, there are a number of things to take into consideration regarding your overall health and wellbeing. From staying active to eating right, there is plenty you can do to help maintain your body in prime condition, including checking your eyesight. Amongst all of this however, have you considered the welfare of your ears?

Subjected to a whole variety of sounds and noises throughout your life, many people find that their hearing can slowly begin to decline as they grow older. Also known as age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, it is important to address changes in your hearing as soon as possible. 

As ACT Seniors Week 2016 is running from March 12-20, and the upcoming NSW Seniors Festival is just around the corner on April 1-10, now is the perfect time to take a closer look at your hearing.

How can age-related hearing loss affect seniors? 

Hearing loss affects many older adults, with almost three quarters (74 per cent) of Australians over the age of 70 thought to be living with the condition in some form1

Seniors in particular can be subjected to other related side effects to hearing loss, one of which is the potential for accelerated cognitive decline. As explained by Johns Hopkins Medicine, older people with hearing loss experienced a significant change to the cognitive abilities an average of 3.2 years earlier than those without hearing loss2.  

Furthermore, seniors with untreated hearing loss may choose to withdraw from social situations, rather than struggle to make out what their friends and family are saying. This can contribute to feelings of loneliness and isolation. 

Fortunately, you can start on the journey to treating your hearing loss simply by visiting your local HEARINGLife. There, our knowledgeable clinicians will be able to identify any issues you may have, as well as suggest relevant solutions for your specific needs, such as a hearing aid. You can click here or call 1300 308 125 to request a no cost* appointment with your local HEARINGLife clinic today.

1APH, The extent and causes of hearing impairment in Australia. Accessed March, 2016.

2Johns Hopkins Medicine, Hearing Loss Accelerates Brain Function Decline in Older Adults. Accessed March, 2016.

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