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Presbycusis refers to age-related hearing loss. This condition is noticed in about 30% adults over the age of 70 years. Aging results in changes in the inner ear or middle ear of a person. This can lead to gradual loss of hearing. Often the person is not even aware of the diminished hearing. Sometimes heart disease, circulatory problems, diabetes or hypertension can cause changes in the blood supply to the ear. This may lead to mild or moderate loss of hearing. Hereditary factors and side-effects of medications can also bring about presbycusis.

A patient suffering from Presbycusis will find it difficult to comprehend conversations clearly. Hearing loss is greater for high-pitched sounds. A person suffering from presbycusis may find it more difficult to hear a woman's voice. Some sounds may appear too loud and deafening. There may be tinnitus in one or both ears. A patient may be advised to use a hearing aid. The use of ear muffs or ear plugs can help in reducing further hearing loss.

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