Age-Related Hearing Loss
Many adults experience presbycusis (also known as age-related hearing loss) as they grow older. The most common cause of this condition is the gradual degeneration of the hair cells in the inner ear and may affect one or both ears. Symptoms include difficulty understanding others due to their speech sounding muffled and the inability to hear high-pitched sounds. We recommend routine hearing tests to detect presbycusis.
ABR tests are used for infants or people with developmental disorders or other impairments who can’t always acknowledge when they hear tones during a routine hearing test. Various sensors are placed on a patient to detect the brain’s physiological response to hearing a sound, determining the softest sounds a person can hear without requiring the patient to respond. We’re proud to be one of the few audiology clinics in Toronto that routinely performs ABRs.
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You should have routine hearing tests regularly throughout your life. We encourage testing every 3 to 5 years. If you have hearing loss, we recommend annual testing, or sooner if changes in hearing are suspected. This ensures that any changes to your hearing are identified as soon as possible and helps to provide a medical history of your hearing health.
Changes in your hearing often happen slowly over time, so you cannot detect changes without routine hearing checks. Chances are other people will notice changes in your hearing well before you will. This is why routine hearing tests are so important.
You can protect your hearing in numerous ways, including wearing hearing protection or custom ear plugs around sounds louder than 85 dB, monitoring the volume of listening devices, and removing dry excessive ear wax. We also recommend scheduling routine hearing tests to ensure your ears are always performing at their best.