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Ageing and the auditory system
  1. A Howarth1,
  2. G R Shone2
  1. 1Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, UK
  2. 2Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 MrA Howarth
 Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Gwent NP20 2UB, UK; A.Howarth{at}


There are a number of pathophysiological processes underlying age related changes in the auditory system. The effects of hearing loss can have consequences beyond the immediate loss of hearing, and may have profound effects on the functioning of the person. While a deficit in hearing can be corrected to some degree by a hearing aid, auditory rehabilitation requires much more than simply amplifying external sound. It is important that those dealing with elderly people are aware of all the issues involved in age related hearing loss.

  • ageing
  • auditory system
  • presbyacusis
  • age related hearing loss

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  • Competing interests: none declared.

  • This article is part of a series on ageing edited by Professor Chris Bulpitt.