Hearing Loss

Hearing loss that occurs gradually as you age (presbycusis) is common. About 25 percent of people in the United States between the ages of 55 and 64 have some degree of hearing loss. For those older than 65, the number of people with some hearing loss is almost 1 in 2.

Symptoms of hearing loss could include: Muffling of speech and other sounds, difficulty understanding words, trouble hearing consonants, frequently asking others to speak slowly, clearly and loudly, needing to turn up that volume of the television or radio, and withdrawal from conversations.