Hearing loss and growing older

Defining presbycusis

The ageing process naturally affects your hearing but other factors can have subtle or sudden effects. It’s a good idea to keep track of these changes but we understand that it is not always easy to recognise your symptoms or know what type of hearing loss you might have. 

The symptoms of presbycusis

The first signs are when a person begins to feel uncomfortable with a conversation in a noisy environment such as a restaurant or at a family meal. It is then to the sound of the telephone or the television to appear too low. Presbycusis can also be manifested by distorted sounds and misinterpreted words.

Presbycusis is in any case not to be taken lightly. It can make daily life much more complicated, represent inconveniences, even obvious risks, but also be at the root of a decrease in the number and frequency of the social activities of the person.

Presbyacous people are not deaf as such. They continue to hear bass sounds, but high-pitched sounds are hard to distinguish. This is especially true for childish and feminine voices, whispers and some "whistling" consonants (S, Z, CH or V or F).

A person suffering from presbycusis will also have more trouble distinguishing reverberant sounds and will complain more often about tinnitus.

Treatments for presbycusis

It is best to take action on your loss and consider hearing aids. This allows you to adapt more quickly and have a better listening comfort and on the other hand, to slow the progression of hearing loss and the maintenance of cognitive functions of the brain.

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