How to Spot Age-Related Hearing Loss
Maybe Dad insists that Mom is always mumbling, or Mom frets she can’t understand her grandchildren. Does Dad avoid going places with a lot of noise because he can’t hear conversations? Perhaps when you visit, the TV volume is turned so high you can’t hear yourself think, but Mom insists the volume is fine. If any of these situations sound familiar, your older loved one is most likely suffering from age-related hearing loss.
Let’s break down the signs of hearing loss and what you can do if you or a loved one need hearing help.
Signs of Age-Related Hearing Loss
- Not being able to understand conversations if there is background noise
- The belief that people are mumbling
- Withdrawal from social gatherings
- Discontinue using the telephone
- The volume of television is very high
Interestingly, age-related hearing loss often begins in the higher frequencies affecting our understanding of the clarity of speech, rather than the lower frequencies which affect our understanding of the power of speech. This is why older adults feel they can hear just fine, but can’t understand conversations especially with women and children who tend to have higher pitched voices.
If you feel that you or someone you know is experiencing age-related hearing loss, your next step is to visit a licensed audiologist for a base hearing test.