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Senior Citizen's Guide

Hearing Loss in Older Adults
When to Know if You Need Help

Hearing loss affects one in ten Americans. One in three Americans over the age of 65 has some degree of difficulty hearing. The following checklist will assist you in determining if you have a hearing problem.

10 Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, a hearing evaluation is recommended. A thorough hearing evaluation can rule out simple problems such as wax blockage and can determine if referral to a physician is necessary. Only 5 to 10% of hearing loss can be corrected medically or surgically. In most cases, hearing aids will be recommended to improve your communication ability. Even with the appropriate hearing aids, it is a good idea for family and friends to use the following tips to improve communication:

10 Tips for Communicating with Hearing-Impaired People

Following these simple suggestions should make communication easier for everyone. In addition to hearing aids, a wide variety of products called Assistive Listening Devices are available to improve a person's ability to hear. These include phone amplifiers, infrared systems for television listening, and alerting devices. Audiologists can assist in the recommendation and fitting of these devices.

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