Statistically, we all begin to loose our hearing when we are in our 30s and 40s. More than half of all the people over the age of 80 suffer from hearing loss. 1 in 5 Malaysian suffer from hearing loss.
Age related hearing loss is called presbycusis. First experience of a person who has presbycusis is a decline in their ability to hear high frequency sounds.
In speech the high consonants would be F, S, Th , K ,P . A person would have difficulty listening to the high consonants in a conversation.
Another sign of a person who has presbycusis is that they have difficulty hearing in noisy environments. Men’s voice tends to be clearer compared to women’s voice.
You may complain that the person is not speaking clearly and usually ask people to repeat themselves.
Unfortunately there are no cures for Presbycusis. However, the good news is that there are a few things you can do.
- Protect your hearing in noisy environments. As when you retire, you will have more time for your hobbies, you should protect your hearing when you attend concerts, F1 races or attend celebrations (Chinese New Year) especially when they have fireworks and lion dance performances.
- Get your hearing checked yearly!
- The good news is, hearing aid would be able to improve your ability to understand speech and depending on your hearing loss, the hearing aid can be programmed to your level of hearing loss.
If your family members complain that you keep asking them to repeat themselves or keep asking you to turn the volume on the TV down you should get your hearing checked. Clarisound offers FREE hearing check. We would be more than happy to assist you and answer any of your questions.