Hearing loss is an inevitable part of aging. Although hearing loss can be treated, most older adults live in silence rather than get a hearing aid. A primary care physician can look for earwax buildup and administer a hearing test to diagnose hearing problems. An audiologist can administer follow-up tests and fit people for hearing aids to help them hear the sounds they’ve been missing. Lifestyle measures, such as talking in quiet environments and using assistive devices, can also ensure that women don’t miss out on important conversations.
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