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Is Hearing Loss Normal For My Age?

As we reach our 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or older, many of us start noticing that it is more difficult to communicate in noisy restaurants, our young children or grandchildren are impossible to understand, or we may find ourselves leaning in to hear or asking for repetition a few too many times a day.  

Unfortunately, too many people accept hearing loss as they get older, thinking that it is a “normal” condition for their age.  Yes, hearing loss is more common as we age, but it is never a “normal” condition.  Hearing loss causes mental fatigue, social withdrawal and isolation, frustration, anxiety, depression, and contributes to risk of dementia due to cognitive overload, or working the brain too hard simply to hear and process auditory information.