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The older the more deaf? Its not true!
Time:2015-08-26



Do you ever think that with increasing age, poor hearing is a matter of course? Do you think, presbycusis can only go with the flow?
According to the statistics, the population in the age group 45-64 years old, the emergence of hearing problems accounted for about 15%; in the 65-74-year-old, accounting for about 30%, while the elderly aged 75 and over in the presence of more than half varying degrees of hearing problems. In fact, not everyone at a certain age will be deaf, but if hearing loss occurs after untreated, prevent further damage, hearing loss will increase, and finally it really is "the older the more deaf" .

Q1: old people will be deaf? It depends.
Presbycusis is the result of age, the auditory organ, together with other organs of the body along with the aging process occurs slowly, and the emergence of physiological phenomena hearing loss. But despite hearing decline with age, which is a natural law, it is very different for the appearance of the Presbycusis from the age and the speed. It is not certain that everyone will be deaf when he grows old, even some of the old people will still be good at hearing. It affected by many factors such as inner and outer, such as genetic, health conditions, environmental factors, etc.
Presbycusis often comes with bad hearing or tinnitus, people can not understand what they hear. It starts with high frequency hearing loss, the old are not sensitive to the rings, phone ringing, birds singing. Therefor, when the old people can not hear clearly or appear tinnitus, we should pay attention to it and take them to examine by the doctor. 
What worth us to talk about is that the old peopel, who suffer from Chronic Diseases, such as High blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and so on, they will take more risk for the deaf. This is because that the metabolic disease will cause an increase in blood viscosity, which affects the blood circulation, so that the inner ear capillaries insufficiency, when the function of the auditory hair cells lose their nutrient supply, will lead to bad heaqring or even deafness.

Q2:Treat  or not ? The earlier the better
Presbycusis may appear around the age of 45. In general, part of the elderly in 60 hearing will fall. At this time the elderly will appear the symptom such as tinnitus, what's more, in the daily life will appear the situation of "can NOT hear". For example, they need to turn up the TV loudly, or their family need to talk for many times, even we need to talk with ears to hear. In addition, they often got the wrong words and it will be difficult for us to talk. Although it is inconvenience for the old in their daily life, they think that it is normal for them to get hearing loss when they have grown old. And it is not easy to treat the hearing, then just let it go. So in the end, when the old go to the hospital to treat it, hearing problem has been quite serious, some even can not hear at all. Need the old treat the Presbycusis? And can we cure it? Of course, the earlier the better. When the hearing loss and the tinnitus appears, then please go to the hospital and examin the disease causing the hearing loss, then we can find out the problem and treat it in time. What's more, there is no specific medicine for presbycusis right now, but if we just let it go and there will be more degeneration for the auditory nerve. On the other hand, if we can improve the problem according to the situation of the hearing loss, such as using the expansion of blood vessels, increasing the energy metabolism drugs or hearing aid, etc., then it will help to slow the progression of presbycusis.

Q3: What to do with the Presbycusis? Wear a hearing aid ASAP.


People usually misunderstand the “Presbycusis ” as that the old can not hear clearly. Under the same volume (such as speak loudly near the ear), the old will response to some problems correctly, but according to some other problems, they just answer the different thing. It will make us feel that they are too old to react. In fact, it is the time for the hearing aids to help.

After some old man is in the diagnosis of presbycusis, they will refuse to wearing the hearing aids, some people worry about that they will rely on the aids in the future, some do not like the appearance of the hearing aids, and some are not used to it. Actually now there are many kinds of the hearing aids, including the BTE, CIC, OF, and IIC, and so on. Some can hide deep in the ear so that other people will not be aware of it. It can meet the needs for different people. Previously the analog hearing aids is quite cheap, but the effect and appearance is not very ideal, we rarely use these aids now.

It is important to note that it is not recommended that people wear the hearing aids without hearing tests and professional personnel selection, do not just go to the market to buy it yourself.  Once you do not get the proper aids, it will cause the worsening of the hearing.