With presbycusis, sounds often seem less clear and lower in volume. This contributes to difficulty hearing and understanding speech. Individuals with presbycusis may experience several of the following:
- The speech of others seems mumbled or slurred.
- High-pitched sounds such as “s” and “th” are difficult to hear and tell apart.
- Conversations are difficult to understand, especially when there is background noise.
- A man’s voice is easier to hear than the higher pitches of a woman’s voice.
- Certain sounds seem annoying or overly loud.
- Tinnitus (a ringing, roaring, or hissing sound in one or both ears) may also occur.