There are so many things to look forward to with age, such as seeing your family develop and grow as well as enjoying the fruits of your labour during retirement. However, in order to live these golden years to their fullest, it is important to keep a close eye on your health, ensuring you are fighting fit for years to come.
In addition to exercise and mobility considerations, your hearing forms an integral part of your overall wellbeing… but are you taking care of yours? With ACT Seniors Week 2016 taking place in March, and the NSW Seniors Festival just around the corner on April 1-10, there is no better time to think about your hearing.
Here we’re taking a closer look at how hearing affects seniors, and what you can do to address a hearing condition.
What sorts of hearing loss can seniors experience?
One of the most common types of hearing loss for seniors is presbycusis, or age-related hearing loss. This sets in gradually over a number of years, meaning changes in hearing may not be immediately noticeable.
Over the years, our ears can be subjected to a whole range of different sounds, some of which may be more detrimental than others. Loud volumes can cause permanent damage, eventually resulting in noise-induced hearing loss, or NIHL. This type of hearing loss can be linked to overexposure to loud recreational, as well as occupational, noise.
How does hearing loss affect the lives of older people?
Hearing loss affects the lives of many older Australians, with up to 74 per cent of those over 70 believed to have some type of hearing impairment1.
As untreated hearing loss can make it increasingly difficult to participate in social situations, a number of older people prefer to rather withdraw from such encounters. With loneliness and isolation already a concern for seniors around the country, it is important to treat hearing loss as early as possible.
In addition, a hearing impairment can impact seniors’ mental acuity – a study by Johns Hopkins Medicine found that on average, older people undergo significant changes to their cognitive abilities 3.2 years earlier than their hearing counterparts2.
To take the first step in addressing your hearing loss with a custom hearing solution, you can click here or call 1300 674 934 to request a no cost* check-up with Adelaide Digital Hearing Solutions.
1APH, The extent and causes of hearing impairment in Australia. Accessed March, 2016.
2Johns Hopkins Medicine, Hearing Loss Accelerates Brain Function Decline in Older Adults. Accessed March, 2016.