The gradual loss of hearing that occurs as you age (presbycusis) is a common condition. An estimated one-third of Americans older than age 65 and one-half of those older than age 75 have a hearing impairment.
Over time, the wear and tear of noise contributes to hearing loss by damaging the cochlea, a part of your inner ear. Doctors believe that heredity and chronic exposure to loud noises contribute to hearing loss. Other factors, such as wax blockage, can prevent your ears from conducting sounds as well as they should.
Damage to your inner ear can not be reversed naturally. However, you don't have to live in a world of softer, less distinct sounds. Steps can be taken can improve what you hear.
Hearing lose should be evaluated by a specialist. An examination should include associated symptoms (vertigo, tinnitus, pain or fullness in the ear, headache), family history, ear examination, a basic audiogram, and more specific tests if needed.