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					Hearing loss is an issue for many senior citizens and can range from
minor - such as missing certain sounds or words - to major, such as total
hearing loss. Hearing loss can occur naturally with age. Some of the
emotional effects of hearing loss include frustration, anger, anxiety and
the feeling of being left out of conversations and social activity.
Caregivers may also become frustrated if their patient has hearing loss.
Some of the warning signs of hearing loss include:       1. Having
difficulty hearing on the telephone 2. Difficulty following
conversations between two or more people 3. Needing people to repeat
what they have said 4. Needing to turn up the television volume to a
level that is uncomfortable for others to hear 5. Problems hearing
because of background noise 6. Hearing mumbling when others talk 7.
Difficulty understanding those with soft or high voices.


  If any of these symptoms occur, it is probably best to see your
physician who might recommend a specialist who can give you a hearing
test. There are generally two types of hearing loss: presbycusis, a
gradual type of hearing loss that progresses as a person ages and seems
to be genetic and affects both ears; and tinnitus, a ringing or hissing
noise in the ear that can be indicative of other health problems.
Environmental and biological factors can also cause hearing loss. Long
term damage is caused by excessive exposure to loud music, machinery, or
other abnormally loud objects. Punctured ear drums or medical conditions
caused by viruses or bacteria can also cause hearing loss.       One of
the most common treatments of hearing loss is using hearing aids. There
are several different types of hearing aids; they can be expensive but
are usually covered by insurance at least partially. An audiologist will
help the patient find the most comfortable hearing aid for their
particular condition. For patients with severe hearing loss, a cochlear
implant is a surgical procedure where electronic devices are placed under
the skin. Cochlear implants are highly specialized and do not work for
all types of hearing loss and are usually used as a last resort.
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