Why Our Hearing Worsens As We Age

The physical process of hearing is a marvel – wonderful sounds like music, conversation with loved ones, waves crashing on shore and more are picked up by our ears and transmitted to our brain for processing.

As we age though, our ability to hear the sounds around us starts to fade. The decline is worse for some than others, but one common fact of aging is your hearing will likely start to decline. Over half of people over the age of 60 have some level of hearing loss.

Medically speaking, age-related hearing loss is called presbyacusis. It typically sets in over a long period of time and affects both ears equally. For most, the decline in hearing primarily affects sounds that are high pitched and high frequency. For example, a ringing telephone or birds singing may become harder to hear.

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