Pardon? Hearing loss in seniors
Imagine going through life constantly having to ask people to repeat themselves.
This is the reality faced by thousands of Canadians, particularly seniors, who
suffer from hearing loss.
The statistics are staggering. According to Health Canada, approximately 40
per cent of the population over the age of 75 have a significant hearing problem.
Hearing loss is identified as the third most prevalent chronic disability among
older adults, superseded only by arthritis and hypertension.
Hearing loss associated with aging can be so gradual that those affected by
it often aren’t even aware that a problem exists. Many older people have
no difficulty hearing lower pitched sounds, while sounds with a higher pitch
can go undetected. Others, who hear most sounds distinctly, may be unaware of
the sounds they are missing — attributing their hearing difficulties to other
people not speaking clearly enough. Some basic warning signs to watch for include:
speech and other sounds that seem faint, muffled, distorted, slurred or lack
clarity; experiencing difficulty understanding someone speaking from a distance,
conversing in areas with noisy backgroun or understanding speech that others