Common Ear Problems in the Elderly
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.
KeywordsHearing impairment/loss Imbalance Vertigo Tinnitus Sensorineural hearing loss Presbycusis
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