My hearing seems to be getting worse as I get older. Is this usual?
The ear is a very complex organ and there are many reasons you can develop a hearing loss apart from the effects of age and excessive noise exposure. NZ Independent Audiologist are trained to find the specific type of hearing loss you are experiencing. You’ll also find that w take the time to discuss your results with you and answer any questions you may have. We’ll then explain the various solutions that may be available to you, and should you require it we are qualified to refer you on for further investigation by an Ear Nose and Throat specialist.
Some common causes of hearing loss are:
- As we get older, we may start to notice problems in situations where there are groups of people talking, or there is other background noise. This may be a result of hearing higher-pitched sounds less well as a result of aging. Often the person with hearing loss will feel that other people are mumbling and may comment that people don’t speak as clearly as they used to.
- Exposure to loud noise, such as rock music or construction work, can also cause symptoms identical to hearing loss due to aging.
- People with a family history of hearing loss (genetic causes) may benefit from hearing tests from time to time, as some genetic hearing losses are progressive, and therefore may get worse over time.
- If you experienced ear infections repeatedly as a child, it may be sensible to have your hearing checked. You may now feel that you are having difficulty hearing people as an adult.
- Some drugs and medications (such as chemo-therapy) may contribute to partial hearing loss.
- Other types of hearing loss may be accompanied by bouts of nauseating dizziness, or may be linked to activities such as diving.