Hearing and Balance

As we age, our bodies go through several changes, and our hearing and balance are no exceptions. In this blog post, we will discuss the impact of age on your hearing and balance, and what you can do to maintain them as you grow older.

Age-Related Hearing Loss:

Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is the most common type of hearing loss in adults. It affects approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 and nearly half of all individuals over the age of 75. The condition occurs when the hair cells in the inner ear, responsible for transmitting sound waves to the brain, become damaged or die off over time.

Symptoms of age-related hearing loss may include difficulty understanding speech, trouble hearing in noisy environments, and a decreased ability to detect high-pitched sounds. In some cases, tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing sensation in the ears, may also occur.

Fortunately, there are several ways to manage age-related hearing loss. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive listening devices can all help individuals with hearing loss communicate more effectively. Regular hearing screenings can also help identify hearing loss early and allow for prompt intervention.

Age-Related Balance Issues:

Balance is a complex system that involves input from the eyes, inner ear, and sensory receptors in the joints and muscles. As we age, changes in these systems can lead to balance problems.

One of the most common age-related balance issues is dizziness, which can be caused by a variety of factors, including inner ear problems, medication side effects, and low blood pressure. Other balance issues may include difficulty walking or standing, unsteadiness, and a fear of falling.

Exercise and physical therapy can help improve balance and reduce the risk of falls. Additionally, modifying the home environment by removing tripping hazards and installing grab bars can also help reduce the risk of falls.


In conclusion, age can have a significant impact on your hearing and balance. However, by taking steps to manage these changes, you can maintain your quality of life as you grow older. If you are experiencing hearing or balance issues, talk to your healthcare provider about appropriate interventions and strategies for managing these conditions.

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Dr. Vivek Kumar Pathak has several decades of domain-specific experience under his belt. Dr. Vivek Kumar Pathak has over 10 years of experience in his field. The clinician treats and manages a wide range of conditions such as Nasal Polyps, Radiation Necrosis in the Neck, Hyperthyroidism, Goiter

Some of the common conditions treated by the ENT surgeon are hearing loss, tonsillitis, and nasal polyps. The cochlear implant helps bypass the damaged ear and also stimulates the auditory nerve. “Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of your tonsils and is performed if there is a frequent occurrence of tonsillitis.”
Dr. Vivek Kumar Pathak

MBBS, MS ( ENT Specialist)Consultant ENT at Kailash Hospital, Greater Noida, U.P., India
ENT Surgeon – Sharda Hospital, Greater Noida
ENT Surgeon at Doxtreat Healthcare, Noida Sector- 20

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