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Aging changes in hearing

Aging changes in hearing

Overview

With aging, ear structures deteriorate. The eardrum often thickens and the inner ear bones and other structures are affected.

Review Date 8/22/2016

Updated by: Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.