Hearing impairment in the elderly

Keng Yin Loh, S. Elango

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Abstract

Hearing impairment is one of the most important health problems of the elderly above 60. Very often it leads to verbal communication difficulty and without treatment it can cause serious psychological and social complications such as depression and social isolation. Prebyscusis remains a leading cause of sensorineural deafness in the elderly. Elderly patient must be encouraged to seek proper hearing assessment if they face hearing difficulty. Active screening by health care workers and patient self-evaluation by answering a simple list of screening questions are possible for early detection and treatment of hearing loss in the elderly. Although hearing loss in the elderly may not have a cure, early rehabilitation helps to restore better quality of life if the problem is detected early.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-529
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume60
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2005

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Hearing impairment
  • Prebyscusis
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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