What is presbycusis?

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Presbycusis is the gradual loss of hearing that occurs as people age. It is a common disorder associated with aging. One in three older adults over age 65 has hearing loss. About half of people over age 75 have hearing loss.

Presbycusis usually occurs gradually, and typically in both ears equally, with some people not immediately aware of the change.

What causes presbycusis?

There may be many causes for presbycusis, but it most commonly occurs because of age-related changes in the following locations:

Contributors to presbycusis include:

What are the symptoms of presbycusis?

The following are the most common symptoms of presbycusis. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

The symptoms of presbycusis may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

Treatment for presbycusis

Specific treatment for presbycusis will be determined by the doctor based on:

Treatment options for presbycusis may include the following:

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