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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 11/10/2012

Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.