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About age-related hearing loss

Age-related hearing loss

Age-related hearing loss affects one out of three people aged 65 to 74 in the United States. Nearly half of seniors will experience hearing loss by age 75 or older. 

Age-related hearing loss often occurs gradually so many people don’t realize their hearing has diminished. In most cases, age-related hearing loss cannot be reversed. In spite of this, early intervention is critical. Untreated hearing loss can lead to isolation, depression, and anxiety. It is also linked to a greater risk of dementia and an increased risk of falls and other safety concerns. 

To learn more about age-related hearing loss, check out the video Hearing Loss Matters. Regular screenings with a doctor or hearing professional can help determine if your hearing has changed and identify hearing technology, such as hearing aids, that may be beneficial. 

Many people with age-related hearing loss benefit from assistive technology, such as amplified telephones, alerting devices, and home modifications to improve safety. Check out the Assistive technology section of this website to learn more. 

You can also contact us for personal assistance and recommendations.

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Find support for hearing loss

Connect with other people who share your experiences with hearing loss through a support group. 

Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA) offers a support group for individuals who have experienced hearing loss later in life. Discussion includes strategies for adjusting to life with hearing loss, social networking and advocacy. 

Black Deaf Advocates (BDA) is a local chapter of the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA), whose mission is to promote the leadership development, economic and educational opportunities, social equality, and to safeguard the general health and welfare of Black deaf and hard of hearing people. 

Hearing Loss Association of America, Twin Cities Chapter is a local chapter of a national self-help organization providing information, education, advocacy and social networking for people who are hard of hearing. 

Meniere's disease and tinnitus support groups offer support group meetings on the first Saturday of every month.

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