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The gradual loss of hearing that occurs as you age (presbycusis) is a common condition. An estimated one-third of Americans older than age 65 and one-half of those older than age 75 have a hearing impairment.

Over time, the wear and tear of noise contributes to hearing loss by damaging the cochlea, a part of your inner ear. Doctors believe that heredity and chronic exposure to loud noises contribute to hearing loss. Other factors, such as wax blockage, can prevent your ears from conducting sounds as well as they should.

You can't reverse damage to your inner ear. However, you don't have to live in a world of softer, less distinct sounds. Steps you and your doctor or hearing specialist (audiologist) can take can improve what you hear.

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