-Posting last reviewed by Dr. Mancell, September 2020.
Dr. Jered Mancell of Prairie Lakes Ear, Nose, Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic has information for senior citizens on geriatric ear conditions. Geriatric is defined as patients of 65 years and older. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services the numbers of people over the age of 65 years will more than double from 2009 to 2030.
As we age symptoms of ear, nose, and throat conditions can make life less comfortable. It is important to be aware of the associated changes and medical conditions. If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms Dr. Mancell is available to see patients with no referral from your doctor.
Q: My hearing isn’t what it used to be and it makes it hard to watch television and talk on the phone. What are some steps I can take to improve my hearing?
A: Hearing loss that occurs with aging is called presbyacusis; it affects 33% of people between the ages of 65-75 years and 50% of people over the age of 75 years. A simple hearing test helps to identify the cause and severity of the hearing loss. Depending on the cause and severity, treatment options can include hearing aids or surgical procedures.
Q: My ears won’t stop ringing! Is this something I have to live with or are there treatment options available?
A: Tinnitus is the false perception of a sound, and may include ringing, buzzing, chirping or crackling. It is very common, affecting approximately 50 million Americans. It is often associated with prolonged noise exposure and hearing loss but may be related to other causes such as medications, blood pressure, diabetes and tumors. Occasionally no cause is identified. Hearing tests are often performed to evaluate hearing and rule out other pathogenic causes. Treatment may include avoidance of stimulants, alcohol and certain medications. Sound spas, therapy, supplements and hearing aids have been found to be effective.
As featured in the Watertown Public Opinion's Senior Citizen Issue.
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