What is presbycusis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Presbycusis is a diminishment in the ability to hear due to age. In most cases, symptoms occur by age 65, although they can begin to affect people much earlier in life. The degree to which people suffer from presbycusis depends on genetic factors, and to a great degree, their exposure to loud noise. Damage to or blockage of the ear canal can also contribute to hearing loss.

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