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Hearing loss.

Q My husband and I seem to have very different hearing issues. He needs the TV turned up louder to hear it, but I've become much more sensitive to louder noises in recent years. Any thoughts?

A Age-related hearing changes do take on many forms. Some people have difficulty with higher-pitched sounds as they get older, while others struggle to distinguish sounds when there is a lot of background noise.

I would suggest both of you, if you haven't already, get a comprehensive hearing exam and describe to the doctor in detail each of your hearing difficulties. Hearing aids or other amplification devices may make TV watching a little easier, and help in everyday life and social situations. Hearing loss can be a devastating problem and can lead to social disconnectedness and other risks, such as not hearing a smoke alarm.

If your husband requires louder TV volume, consider getting wireless headphones that will allow him to listen at a volume that works for him, while letting you watch at a more comfortable level of sound. Such headphones start at around $40 and go up from there.


Editor-in-Chief Bruce A. Ferrell, MD, Professor of Medicine and Geriatrics

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Title Annotation:ASK THE DOCTOR
Author:Ferrell, Bruce A.
Publication:Healthy Years
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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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