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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 7/25/2020

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 David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.