Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in Canada, with more than one million adults reporting to have a hearing loss. The National Academy on an Aging Society reports nearly 30% of the population between ages 45-64 have hearing loss and this number increases to nearly 50% of the population over 65. Hearing loss due to aging, a condition called presbycusis, is a common cause of hearing loss. However, an ever increasing percentage of adult hearing loss can be attributed to exposure to excessive noise, which is the most common cause of preventable hearing loss.
Among adults and seniors, hearing loss is most often a gradual progression and can often go unnoticed by the individual being afflicted. Since the effects of hearing loss impact family and social interactions, it is often our friends and family that notice our hearing difficulty before we do. The effects of hearing loss can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. According to the National Academy on an Aging Society, untreated hearing loss can lead to depression, dissatisfaction with life, reduced functional and mental health, and withdrawal from social activities.
Common indicators of hearing loss in adults may include:
Fortunately solutions exist to help address hearing loss. Depending on the cause of the hearing loss, medical treatment may be warranted or the prescription of hearing aids may be appropriate. Advances in digital technology have helped to greatly improve hearing aid performance, patient satisfaction, and quality of life.
As the prevalence of hearing loss increases with age and is often gradual in progression, it is highly recommended that everyone over the age of 45 have their hearing tested. If you are concerned that you or a loved one has difficulties with hearing, contact us to determine whether a hearing loss exists, the degree and nature of the loss, and treatment options.Back