A hearing loss is present in 6 out of 10 people aged 61 to 70 and 3 out of 4 people aged over 70 *
85% of those with a hearing loss do not use hearing aids. *
A gradual onset hearing loss due to presbycusis is insidious and difficult to self-diagnose. A reduced capacity to communicate has a significant impact on relationships, social connection, independent living and quality of life.
A strong clinical association has been identified in older adults between hearing loss and the risk of developing cognitive impairment and dementia. While this may reflect a common neurological pathway, the cognitive load from compensating for a poorly managed hearing loss is considered a significant contributing factor. **
We can provide hearing screening or full diagnostic assessments as part of your overall health assessment of patients in this age group. Audiological assessments at our clinic are eligible for a Medicare rebate as an Allied Health Service under the Chronic Disease Management Program.
* Listen Hear! The economic impact and cost of hearing loss in Australia. Access Economics Pty Ltd, February 2006, download from the Australian Society of Audiology website
** Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults. FR Lin et al, JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(4):293-299.