What Is Considered Normal, Age-Related Hearing Loss?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Path Maker, Jun 6, 2016.

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    1. Path Maker

      Path Maker Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Just asking this question because I'm not finding it easily online. For a 53-year old, my test in both ears goes at approximately the 10-20 decibel range until dropping down to 40 decibels at 8000 hertz. Is this normal/can this be considered age-related? Just wondering ... Thanks for any input.
       
    2. Alue

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      I have often wondered if most "age related hearing loss" is just caused by long term exposure to noise. We are bombarded with so much more noise than what our ancestors would have dealt with.

      I have really lost all faith with OSHA's hearing standards.
       
    3. Dave AUS
      Depressed

      Dave AUS Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Adelaide, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Too Loud Indoor Rock Concert
      Thank you for that @Aaron123 but wow did they make some assumptions in those predictions! They just plotted the loss as a linear curve over the subjects life where real result data was only taken at ages 27 and 32..... No explanation for the woman's results being much better also!
      Just shows there is no real data world wide as a guide to what is normal! Ironically my audiogram results are only slightly worse than those F-1 numbers for my age but follow the same plotable loss curve across the frequencies.
       
    4. Bobby B
      Fine

      Bobby B Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      long term NIHL and recent acoustic trauma
      that's pretty good hearing for your age
      keep in mind that as you get closer to your T frequency, the results from the audiogram is going to very unstable - you could take a few readings a minute apart and those will all show different numbers and all probably worse than the actual hearing capability ..because in a quiet audiogram test facility the brain will make the T much louder thus masking the sound more than what you would experience in real life
       
    5. Path Maker

      Path Maker Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Thanks, @Bobby B , I had thought something like that! There are certain frequencies I think I CAN hear but they were effectively masked during the test by the tinnitus, and in that quiet booth, the sound of my heartbeat/pulse was also VERY amplified and made it tough to hear ...
       
    6. Path Maker

      Path Maker Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Thank you for the chart, @Aaron123 . I agree - it's really hard to locate anything online!
      @Alue I agree with you! The world is essentially crammed with manmade noise that in now way resembles what just living in nature would supply. I know there are loud natural sounds (an animal shrieking, thunder) but these don't play out for the same duration as all the manmade sounds.
       

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