hearing and the aging population
Hearing loss is often stigmatized as a consequence of growing old, but in reality, hearing loss can occur at any age due to trauma, noise, or a result of illness. It can also be medically induced or due to an individual’s genetics. Although presbycussis is normal, it is a condition that is important to treat. Studies have shown that the impact of hearing loss goes beyond communication breakdowns, and can have detrimental effects on the quality of life of the senior afflicted, resulting in increased incidences of depression, social isolation, and dementia (Ref. 3,4,5,6).
While the reality seems grim, research has also shown that treating hearing loss with hearing aids can improve depressive symptoms, improve quality of life, and even attenuate the accelerated cognitive decline depicted in those with hearing loss (Ref. 3,4,5,7).