Hearing Loss in the Elderly

         

 
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.