"The one thing that's been different for the Baby Boomers are all the years of amplified music that the generations before them did not have," says John Burkey, MA, director of audiology at the Lippy Group for Ear, Nose and Throat in Warren, Ohio, and author of Baby Boomers and Hearing Loss (Rutgers University Press).
says a third of people age 65 and older have some degree of hearing loss.
agrees, saying, "The expectation that you can hear is ingrained.
Some vacuums are loud enough to be damaging," says Burkey
Sound intensity is measured in decibels (dB).
"The mantra is, 'I'm not old enough for hearing aids.' They think the aids would be much worse than the hearing loss, and the opposite is true," says Burkey
One study found that only 14% of older adults with hearing loss used aids (Archives of Otolaryngology 10/03).
Profound deafness may be treated with cochlear implants designed to help compensate for the loss of hair cells.
Because of the connection between cardiovascular problems and hearing loss, "whatever a person can do to live a healthier lifestyle would be helpful.
It's the old thing about diet and exercise," Burkey