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ERIC Number: EJ959485
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0016-9013
Age-Related Hearing Loss: Quality of Care for Quality of Life
Li-Korotky, Ha-Sheng
Gerontologist, v52 n2 p265-271 Apr 2012
Age-related hearing loss (ARHL), known as presbycusis, is characterized by progressive deterioration of auditory sensitivity, loss of the auditory sensory cells, and central processing functions associated with the aging process. ARHL is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older Americans, after hypertension and arthritis, and is a leading cause of adult hearing handicaps in the United States. The prevalence of ARHL is expected to rise for the next several decades with the increasing aging Baby Boomer population. Nevertheless, ARHL remains an often undetected, underestimated and neglected condition in the geriatric population due to a slow development process of the disease. If left untreated, the impact of ARHL on patients, significant others, and the society as a whole would be significant. The purpose of this review is to raise the awareness of ARHL, to update our current understanding of ARHL with a focus on age-related deficits in auditory and cognitive processing of speech, and to explore strategies of prevention, identification, amplification, and aural rehabilitation. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of hearing health care and the overall quality of life of the Baby Boomer generation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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