Hearing loss related to the aging process is called presbycusis. Common symptoms of presbycusis include having difficulty hearing softer voices, children’s voices, and speech in the presence of background noises, as well as the loss of speech clarity.
Hearing loss due to aging can be increased by other factors such as diabetes, poor circulation, noise exposure, and certain medications.
People with untreated hearing loss (those with hearing loss who do not wear hearing aids) experience a decreased quality of life, leading to issues such as sadness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, cognitive decline, and poor social relationships.
One way of treating age-related hearing loss is with hearing aids. Today’s hearing aids are digital microcomputers that can automatically adjust to sound thousands of times per second, making speech comfortable and natural sounding.