"Hearing loss in older adults is often wrongly attributed to other age-related issues."
(PRWEB) September 16, 2010
A recent medical study about hearing loss in teenagers has focused attention on the increasing prevalence of hearing loss in all age groups, and the importance of early diagnosis to prevent long term complications.
However, signs of hearing loss in older adults are often wrongly attributed to other age-related issues according to Hearing-Aid.com. The following points may help you to recognize hearing loss in adults, and avoid confusing a hearing problem with another health- or age-related issue.
Forgetfulness or saying things that are irrelevant to the situation are often construed as early signs of dementia. However, both may be signs that your loved one has simply missed part of a conversation due to a hearing problem.
If a family member seems more irritable, they could simply be expressing frustration about not being able to hear as well as they once did. They may claim that family members are mumbling, and may find it especially difficult to hear women's and children's voices.
Not paying attention or not being able to follow a fast-moving conversation may also be signs of hearing loss in adults. If an older adult communicates well in one-to-one conversations, but has difficulty in a group situation, hearing loss may be to blame.
Finally, if a older person who was once engaged and socially active becomes withdrawn, chances are strong that they are suffering from hearing loss and should be seen by a hearing specialist.
Early hearing loss treatment is key to minimizing long-term impact for people of all ages.
If you suspect that a loved one is having difficulty hearing, a comprehensive hearing exam by an audiologist or hearing specialist can pinpoint the type of hearing loss they may be experiencing.
To learn more about signs of hearing loss, and about hearing loss treatment, visit Hearing-Aid.com.