My youngest guest ever, Dr. Josh Bowyer, 31, loves working with people of all ages as an audiologist but he says he’s always been passionate about the study of aging and especially enjoys working with people older than himself.
His patients often have age-related hearing loss but sometimes hearing loss is a “symptom” of a hidden health problem.
Dr. Josh says, “Health first. Let’s rule out anything more serious first before focusing on hearing.”
Dr. Josh explains how 1 out of 5 adults may hear ringing, buzzing, chirping, whooshing, or roaring sounds that are NOT in the external environment.
90% of tinnitus sufferers also have hearing loss. The inability to hear high-frequency tones often correlates with the arrival of tinnitus, as if the brain is trying to signal something is wrong.
Tinnitus is always a symptom of an underlying cause.
Extremely loud noise can cause temporary ringing in the ears, but hearing loss, TMJ syndrome (14:20), loss of oxygen, cardiac problems (16:20), systemic health problems, and medications can all create tinnitus and other hearing issues.
Almost everyone over the age of 55 has at least a small hearing loss so it’s important to get a baseline hearing test as soon as possible so any future loss can be tracked and helped.
At 24:30, Dr. Josh answers questions that have been posed by Aging Gracefully readers in advance.
Do you have more questions for Dr. Josh?
There’s great information coming next week in Part Two, but you can also leave comments and questions below for Dr. Josh Bowyer.
Also, Dr. Josh invites you to contact him personally. You can find contact info at Oberlin Hearing Care.
Knowing that hearing loss affects so many adults, Aging Gracefully TV offers a BIG THANK YOU to The Normandy Senior Living for being a supportive sponsor!