Hearing loss is a common issue for older adults, and approximately one out of every three people between the ages of 65 and 75 have some degree of reduced hearing ability. Seniors tend to have varying reactions to the loss of their hearing. Some instantly want to do something about it, while others prefer to live in denial. Addressing even minor hearing loss can keep seniors safer and more socially engaged.
1. Ask about Their Experiences
You first need to find out how your senior loved one feels about his or her hearing loss. Ask a few questions to gauge his or her reaction. You could ask if your loved one has difficulty hearing when driving or has to keep increasing the volume on the television. If your loved one hasn’t noticed anything new, you may need to tactfully mention signs of hearing loss you’ve witnessed, such as needing to face your loved one so he or she can hear you.
Hearing loss and other age-related conditions could make it challenging for your loved one to live alone at home safely. Every senior has different needs when ageing in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive live-in care. North Coast seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve.
2. Schedule a Hearing Exam
A hearing exam should be part of your loved one’s regular health checkup. Your loved one can check with the doctor to find out the recommended schedule, but he or she should have an exam right away if it’s been years since his or her hearing was last assessed. Your loved one could even start with a basic screening if he or she is unsure if a screening is necessary.
3. Explore Different Hearing Devices
Most seniors need some type of assistive device if they have significant hearing loss. Your loved one should be delighted to discover hearing aids have changed dramatically from the bulky earpieces people wore decades ago. Modern hearing devices have advanced technology that allow them to fit into a senior’s ear canal so they’re more comfortable to wear. They can also be found with convenient features such as Bluetooth technology that makes it easier to connect to electronic devices.
Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home care workers who provide high-quality elder care. North Coast families trust Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably.
4. Plan for an Adjustment Period
At first, some people with hearing loss find it annoying to suddenly start to hear so many things happening around them. Your loved one may complain that public places are too noisy or the hearing device gives off annoying feedback. Hearing devices sometimes need to be adjusted as seniors start to wear them. It can also take a little time to get used to how things sound with a new device. Let your loved one know all of this is normal, but also assure your parent that wearing the device more often can help him or her get used to it more quickly.
5. Stay on Top of Checkups
Once they get hearing devices, seniors need to monitor their hearing for additional loss. Encourage your loved one to schedule regular appointments to get his or her hearing checked, and he or she may need extra appointments for device cleaning and maintenance. If hearing loss interferes with your loved one’s ability to drive, make sure to arrange for transportation to these critical appointments.
There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to address if their families opt for professional homecare services. You can rely on expertly trained care workers to keep your loved one safe and comfortable while ageing in place.
Call Home Care Assistance at (02) 6646 3527 to learn more about our flexible and customisable senior care plans.