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How is presbycusis different from other forms of hearing loss?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Presbycusis is slow developing hearing loss due to aging. It takes many years, even decades, for symptoms to appear. Whereas other forms of hearing loss such as ear wax buildup, infection, autoimmune disorders, or a reaction to certain drugs are temporary, with presbycusis, the ear's ability to function cannot be restored.

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