Changes to the structures of the inner ear
Reduced blood flow to the inner ear
The deterioration of hearing nerves and
Changes in how the brain processes speech
Presbycusis usually is a gradual decrease in hearing for high-pitches. These changes are subtle, slowly muffling words. This causes difficulty hearing female voices, children’s voices, and when in noisy places. Presbycusis is increased by other factors such as diabetes, poor circulation, kidney disease, noise exposure, and certain medications.
Age-related hearing loss is treated with hearing aids. Modern hearing aids are digital microcomputers that automatically adjust thousands of times per second, making speech comfortable and more natural. The side effects of hearing loss, isolation, withdrawal, anger, frustration, and communication breakdowns can be helped with hearing aids. Those who do not seek hearing help experience a decrease in overall quality of life. Untreated hearing loss can lead to further decrease in word understanding, sadness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, reduced social activity and poor relationships.