DailyCaring.com, here’s how to recognize the 10 common signs of hearing loss in seniors.
Hearing loss is common in seniors
Hearing loss can’t be seen, so it’s usually noticed as a change in behavior.
You might notice that your older adult frequently asks you to repeat yourself, keeps the TV volume very loud, or complains that you always mumble.
If you notice these or other signs of hearing loss, it’s important to visit the doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.
After all, untreated hearing problems increase the risk of dementia.
We explain what causes hearing loss, why treating hearing loss is important for brain health, and share the 10 most common signs of hearing loss to help you spot it early.
What causes hearing loss in seniors
Age-related hearing loss is called presbycusis. This slow and steady hearing loss is caused by changes in the inner ear due to aging.
The older someone is, the more likely they are to experience hearing loss: Nearly 1 out of 3 people over age 65 have some type of hearing loss. In an AARP/ASHA poll of AARP members, 47% of respondents reported having untreated hearing loss.
Treating hearing loss prevents brain damage
If a hearing problem isn’t diagnosed and treated, it can lead to damage in the parts of the brain related to hearing.
There are 3 main theories for why hearing loss is linked to cognitive decline:
- Cognitive load – the brain is too busy trying to hear to focus on memory or thinking
- Brain atrophy – unused parts of the brain can waste away
- Social isolation – being unable to hear may cause seniors to avoid