Common Ear Problems in the Elderly

Hearing Loss in the Elderly
  • Nages Nagaratnam
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
  • Gary Cheuk
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This chapter provides an overview of some of the problems relating to the ear that are common to this population, namely, hearing impairment/loss, imbalance and vertigo and tinnitus. In the elderly, chronic hearing loss is the third prevalent condition. Presbycusis is the most common type of hearing impairment in the elderly and is age related affecting about 40% of individuals 75 years or older. The quality of life and functional ability are largely dependent on the preservation of hearing in elderly persons.


Hearing impairment/loss Imbalance Vertigo Tinnitus Sensorineural hearing loss Presbycusis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nages Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Gary Cheuk
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of SydneyWestmead Clinical SchoolWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Rehabilitation and Aged Care ServiceBlacktown-Mt Druitt HospitalMount DruittAustralia

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