Diseases

Presbycusis

Presbycusis is an age-related impairment of hearing. It is the most common cause of hearing loss (sometimes major).

We can even say that it will concern us all from a certain age, and more specifically from 60/65 years! However, some people may be embarrassed at a younger age by presbycusis. Despite its immense frequency, this pathology remains poorly known.

Presbycusis is at hearing what presbyopia is in plain view. It refers to the natural and irreversible wear of hearing. This decrease in progressive hearing, usually bilateral, is the most common form of hearing loss (90% of cases).

The aging of the auditory apparatus, and more particularly of the inner ear, varies according to the individual. This variability is linked to a genetic background and to local (chronic otitis, etc.), general (vascular, etc.) or environmental aggravating factors (acoustic traumas, solvents, etc.).

Cellular aging, and therefore hearing loss, begins at age 25, but begins - thankfully! - to be noticeable until around 60 years of age.

Be careful not to mix deafness and presbycusis! Indeed, if there are about 300 000 deaf people in France, more than 5.5 million people would be affected by presbycusis.

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Read also :

> Clogged ear: what to do?
> Otitis: causes, symptoms and treatments
> The hearing aid (audioprosthesis)

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