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Hearing Loss in the Elderly

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           Hearing loss in the elderly is often overlooked by doctors. A new study has found that although easily treated, many doctors wrongly consider hearing loss an inevitable part of aging. The most common cause of deafness in older adults is nerve damage, which is not reversible. It can be substantially improved with hearing aids and sometimes surgery. But reversible hearing loss also occurs in older adults, caused by common conditions including infections that can be treated. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association reviews previous studies on methods to detect hearing loss and the effectiveness of treatments. It found that research indicates hearing loss affects up to 40 percent of adults 65 and older. It's strongly linked to depression and decreased quality of life, but the researchers say fewer than ten percent of internists offer routine testing to older patients.

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