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Presbycusis

What is presbycusis?

Presbycusis is the gradual hearing loss that occurs as part of the natural aging process. One in three older adults over the age of 65 has hearing loss, and about half of individuals over the age of 75 experience hearing loss as well. Thus, presbycusis is a common disorder associated with aging.

What causes presbycusis?

Some causes of presbycusis are due to:

  • Age-related changes in the inner ear, the middle ear, or along the nerve pathways to the brain
  • Cumulative effects of environmental noises
  • Aging
  • Certain health conditions such as heart disease or diabetes
  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Hereditary factors
  • Loss of the hair cells, or the sensory receptors in the inner ear

What are the symptoms of presbycusis?

Some symptoms include:

  • Hearing the speech of other people as mumbled or slurred
  • Hard to distinguish high-pitched sounds
  • More difficult to hear women’s voices
  • Sensitivity to certain sounds
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty hearing and understanding conversations

What are the treatment options for presbycusis?

Treatment options will depend on various factors such as age, health, medical history, the extent of the disease, and preferences.

Some treatment options can include hearing aids, avoiding exposure to loud noises, wearing ear plugs to prevent further damage, assistive devices such as telephone amplifiers, or training in speech-reading.

Where can I get treatment for my symptoms of presbycusis?

Healthpointe now offers audiology services at our Anaheim location. Audiology services at Healthpointe include hearing tests and evaluations, diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, balance or speech problems, and other hearing disorders. Contact Healthpointe, 888-719-8448, today to learn more about our audiology services and treatment options.

About Healthpointe:

Healthpointe is a leading multidisciplinary healthcare organization offering a full range of medical services in practice locations throughout Southern California (Los Angeles county, Orange county, San Bernardino county and Riverside county). Healthpointe has locations situated in over 10 cities in Southern California including Temecula, which is conveniently located near Murrieta, Fallbrook, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, and Sun City. As a highly regarded musculoskeletal group, we have a personal investment in the highest level of service, and we are proud of our record of excellence over the last four decades with private patients, injured workers, urgent care, personal injuries, and professional and non-professional athletes. Leading our organization is a dynamic team of healthcare professionals who continually strive to be at the forefront of medical innovation and healthcare service delivery. For more information, a complete list of services, and Healthpointe locations, visit http://healthpointe.net/.

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