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What’s That You Say? Hearing Loss High in People Over 70

March 3, 2011

I am a little hard of hearing. Too many rock concerts. My mom is deaf and her sister as well. They are in their 80s. Never too early to check your hearing. Get a baseline and check every year afterward to see what changes are occurring.

NY Times reports:

Nearly two-thirds of Americans 70 and older suffer from hearing loss that ranges from mild to severe, according to what may be the first study to gauge the prevalence of hearing impairment in a nationally representative sample of older adults.

Researchers analyzed data from about 715 elderly people whose hearing was examined as part of the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey in 2005-6, the first time it included hearing assessments of older Americans.

Sixty-three percent of those 70 and older were found to be suffering from impairment that affects their ability to hear human speech, according to the World Health Organization’s definition.

Hearing loss was more common in men than in women. And it was significantly less common in blacks: just 43 percent, compared with 64 percent of whites.

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