The loss of hearing that occurs gradually as the age (presbycusis) is common. About one third of people in the United States, between the ages of 65 and 75, they have a certain degree of hearing loss. For those over 75, that number is approximately 1 out of every 2.
The loss of hearing is defined as one of the three types:
Driver (implies external or middle ear)
Sensorineural (Involves Internal Ear)
Mixed (combination of the two)
Aging and chronic exposure to strong noises contribute to hearing loss. Other factors, such as excess ears, can temporarily reduce how well the ears drive.
You can not reverse most of the types of hearing loss. However, you and your doctor or a hearing specialist can take steps to improve what you hear.