Age Related Hearing Loss

Peninsula Hearing Care

Age related hearing loss advice

Aging is the most common natural cause of hearing loss – also known as Presbycusis.

In the UK, 71% of people over the age of 70 have a hearing loss, yet only about 40% of people who need hearing aids have them.

As we get older, degeneration in the inner ear and along the nerve pathways to the brain can impact our hearing. Hair cells in our inner ear translate the sound waves our ears collect and send electrical signals to our brain for it to interpret as recognisable sound. Because hair cells do not regenerate or regrow, any hearing loss we experience from damage to them from noise exposure, medical conditions or genetics perhaps, is permanent.

The symptoms of age related hearing loss

Because Presbycusis occurs gradually, many people don’t recognise the symptoms and it often takes those around them to highlight that there could be a problem that needs identifying or treating.

Common symptoms to look out for are:
  • People seemingly mumbling so you can hear them but you can’t understand them
  • Conversations that are difficult to understand, especially when in noisy surroundings
  • Difficulty hearing higher pitched sounds like a phone ringing or birds singing
  • Men’s voices being easier to understand than those of women or children
  • A constant or intermittent ringing or buzzing sound in your ears
  • Finding it hard to hear when on the phone
  • Intolerance to loud sounds
  • Asking people to repeat themselves
  • Needing to turn up the TV volume

Preventing age related hearing loss

It’s not possible to completely prevent age related hearing loss, especially if it’s a genetic or hereditary loss, but there are certainly steps you can take in your lifestyle to reduce the risks:

  • Check the medications you’re taking and if there is any link to hearing loss, ask your GP to prescribe an alternative.
  • Conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes can contribute to hearing loss, so if you think you are suffering from these, don’t leave them untreated.
  • Protect yourself from exposure to loud noises (at 85 decibels or more) that can permanently damage your hearing, by wearing ear plugs or ear protection around noisy equipment, or reducing the volume of your music. If you can’t reduce the noise or protect your ears, move away from the loud noise.

Is it dangerous to ignore hearing loss?

Untreated hearing loss can affect your cognitive health and can increase the risk of social isolation, depression and injury-causing falls. When your ability to hear gets worse, your brain receives less stimulation that it would in normal circumstances, because it’s not working to identify different sounds and situations. Over time, this lack of brain exercise can lead to memory loss and even dementia.

The good news is it’s treatable

It’s not all doom and gloom however, as age related hearing loss is highly treatable and hearing aids work well for most older adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. And for those with more severe loss, cochlear implants are an increasingly popular option.

It’s easy to find out if you’re suffering from age related hearing loss. Simply book a hearing test with your local audiologist who will test your hearing in your local hearing clinic.

Once your audiologist knows the level of your loss, they’ll be able to talk through your options for clearer hearing with you. Finding out you’re experiencing hearing loss and receiving treatment can rarely reverse damage, but it can:

  • Make your life easier
  • Slow down your hearing loss by knowing and addressing the root cause
  • Help your mental sharpness, as hearing loss can impair the brain’s ability to process sound and recognise speech
  • Help the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to recent studies.

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What our customers say about us

Malcolm Parkes
6. February, 2024
Attend there on a regular basis. Friendly, helpful and caring!
Shivjot Dhanju
22. September, 2023
Fantastic service, very friendly staff and I will definitely be recommending to friends and family
Rob Clifford MBE
20. September, 2023
If you need your Ears Mending & not Bending then Peninsula Hearing Care cannot be praised highly enough! Emma and her colleagues at Teignmouth have come to my rescue at short notice on two occasions in the last 6 months. The first was after a long haul flight in April following a wax removal treatment in the Far East which was not really satisfactory. The second occasion was a couple of weeks ago when I thought it prudent to have ears checked prior to another long haul flight returning to The Orient. On both occasions sterling work was carried out by Emma & her Audiologist colleague who's name I can't recall, between them they cleared my ears of hairy "birds nests" and wax cheerfully and with real interest in me as a person rather than just a patient! As an extra bonus I have noticed that my Tinnitus does not seem as severe. I can not stress enough on how quickly efforts were made to fit me in and I will be certainly booking in regularly now just to keep a check on my aural condition..Thank you again Peninsula and I look forward to visiting again
Greg Thomson
6. July, 2023
As a visitor from Canada, I recently had a couple of issues with my hearing aids and charging unit. I was very impressed with the friendly and helpful service I received, with the staff recognizing that I was a long way from home and needed help with my hearing issues. I can't recommend Peninsula Hearing highly enough. Thanks very much for your help-you went over and above on my behalf. Greg from Langley (near Vancouver), British Columbia, Canada.
John Milsom
2. June, 2023
Warm, friendly and expert service from Jo and Emma in Teignmouth who were both brilliant. Can’t recommend them highly enough. Lovely people, brilliant at what they do.
Ian Hartley
4. September, 2022
The lady who did the wax removal was very pleasant and did both ears in about 10 minutes. When she cleared my left ear it was such a relief as could not hear much out of it for about 10 days. I would reccomend this service to anyone
Jane Lea
25. August, 2022
Peninsula Hearing offers a highly professional and friendly service. They have supplied aids for my Mother in a care home locally, the aftercare and follow up visits greatly appreciated.
Rob Fielding
4. August, 2022
Fantastic service and what lovely people. They got me a same day appointment after suffering for 2 weeks with blocked ears. Highly recommended with anyone with ear issues.
Mike Vosper
7. July, 2022
Fantastic service from the team at Peninsula. They really do look after you and I can’t recommend them highly enough.
Anthony Ballinger
22. September, 2021
Michelle was so helpful and kind. A pleasure to do business with her. Thank you . Anthony B