FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can certain medications cause hearing loss?
What impact can hearing loss have on an older person’s life?
They may become suspicious of relatives or friends who they believe “mumble” or “don’t speak up” on purpose. Hearing loss isolates older people and may even put them in harm’s way if they are unable to respond to warnings or hear sounds of impending danger.
Sometimes older people are mistakenly thought to be confused, unresponsive, or uncooperative just because they don’t hear well.
What types of hearing loss are most common in older adults?
Tinnitus, also common in older people, is the ringing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing sound in the ears frequently caused by presbycusis, exposure to loud noise or certain medications. Tinnitus can accompany any type of hearing loss. It also can be a sign of other important health problems, too, such as allergies and problems in the heart and blood vessels. Tinnitus may come and go, or stop altogether.