Recognising the signs of age-related hearing loss

 

Hearing loss is an unfortunate aspect of the aging process for the majority of people over the age of 70. But did you know age-related hearing loss can begin as early your 40s?

Lead Audiologist at Hearing Wales, Ben Davies said:

“More than 40% of adults over the age of 50 have some form or hearing loss, rising to more than 70% for those over the age of 70. By the age of 80, most people will have significant hearing difficulties. However, because it develops gradually, many people don’t notice there is a problem in the early stages.”

Signs to look out for that may indicate hearing deterioration due to age:

  • Problems hearing high-frequency sounds, such as female or children’s voices.
  • You may struggle to hear similar consonant sounds, such as “s”, “f” and “th”.
  • If you find that men’s voices sound clearer than women’s, that can be an indicator of hearing loss.
  •  If you find it hard to hear what others are saying when there is background noise present.
  • Voices may also seem mumbled or slurred.
  • Some people experience tinnitus (ringing or noise in the ears which isn’t produced by an external sound) as a result of hearing loss.
  • Headaches, vision changes and dizziness can also occur.

If you have any of the above symptoms or are in any way concerned about your hearing, get it checked. South Wales-based Hearing Wales have conducted thousands of hearing tests over the years and we will put visitors completely at ease.  If you are worried or concerned about anything, just ask your GP or a qualified audiologist.