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What happens to your hearing as you age?

Published On: Jul 17 2013 12:06:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 30 2013 04:19:41 PM CDT

By Mayo Clinic News Network

As people age, many changes happen to their body, including their eyes and ears. Find out what you can expect to happen to your vision and hearing.

What's happening
With age, you might have difficulty focusing on objects that are close up. You might become more sensitive to glare and have trouble adapting to different levels of light. Aging also can affect your eye's lens, causing clouded vision (cataracts).

Your hearing also might dim. You might have difficulty hearing high frequencies or following a conversation in a crowded room.

What you can do
To promote eye and ear health:

  • Schedule regular checkups. Follow your doctor's advice about glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and other corrective devices.
  • Take precautions. Wear sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat when you're outdoors, and use earplugs when you're around loud machinery or other loud noises.



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