It is certainly isn’t news that many of our senior loved ones are plagued with multiple health issues that require treatment. Hearing loss is often one issue that doesn’t always get the attention it may deserve because it often comes on gradually or seniors are afraid of the results they may receive. Some may even give it lower priority because they feel other health problems should take priority.
Many people may be hesitant to get their hearing checked because they don’t want to deal with or pay for hearing aids if told they need them. Unfortunately, a hearing impairment can isolate seniors and lead to them withdrawing from social events or avoiding communicating with loved ones.
Of course, many senior and elderly loved ones simply don’t want to admit they need a hearing aid or be seen wearing one. We have to work with them to overcome this so they get the benefits that come with restored hearing.
However, with the advent of new technology and treatments for hearing loss, the time is right to get a checkup. Hearing aids are getting smaller yet working better than the ones around not too long ago.
What are the signs that the time has come to get a hearing test?
- Is your senior missing the conversation and frequently asking “what?” or “can you repeat that?”
- Is your senior getting upset because he feels everyone he talks to is mumbling and he can’t understand them clearly?
- Does your senior pump up the volume of the TV or radio?
- Does your senior have more difficulty participating and understanding the conversation in a noisy environment like a restaurant or party even though she is sitting next to you?
- Do you notice that people have begun raising their voices in your senior’s presence?
- Has your senior begun having “miscommunications” about details she has been told and even missed an appointment because she heard the wrong day?
- Has your senior retreated from the public or decreased the number of phone calls she is making to friends and family?
- Does your senior complain of ringing or pain in his ears or feel like he is hearing things underwater?
- Has your senior been told by his doctor or other healthcare professional that he needs a hearing test or failed one, but has not taken the results seriously so avoided follow-up?
As we age we can expect some decline in our physical wellness, such as vision and hearing, but we can do something to improve our well-being when we have the knowledge that we need to make a change.
Those who have cared for or even spent time with a senior loved one with a hearing loss know that it can make life difficult for all involved. That means everyone, the senior, their family members and friends will all benefit when you help your loved one get that hearing test and follow through with the results.