“Do You Think Hearing Loss in Aging is Normal? Think Again!” Older adults with hearing loss may not receive the necessary and appropriate referral and follow-up services, if the individuals involved with their care believe that hearing loss is simply a normal consequence of aging. While hearing loss may be “common” in older adults, it is by no means “normal” and ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2010
“Do You Think Hearing Loss in Aging is Normal? Think Again!”
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Donna Pitts
    Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  • Kathleen Ward
    Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
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Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2010
“Do You Think Hearing Loss in Aging is Normal? Think Again!”
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, July 2010, Vol. 15, 26-31. doi:10.1044/gero15.1.26
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, July 2010, Vol. 15, 26-31. doi:10.1044/gero15.1.26

Older adults with hearing loss may not receive the necessary and appropriate referral and follow-up services, if the individuals involved with their care believe that hearing loss is simply a normal consequence of aging. While hearing loss may be “common” in older adults, it is by no means “normal” and brings with it consequences that can affect older individuals from a communicative and a psychosocial standpoint. This article will review types of hearing loss, some causes of hearing loss in older people, and the importance of evaluation and appropriate rehabilitative management of older individuals with hearing loss.

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