One of the most common health conditions that older adults face is hearing loss but only one-third of those who suffer from hearing loss receive the appropriate treatment for it. Hearing loss in seniors is common yet many people are under-treated, affecting their personal lives and their quality of life. Hearing loss is also known as presbycusis where there is a progressive decline in their hearing capabilities in both of their ears. Some reasons hearing loss occurs could be due to genetics and high exposure to loud noises. They could have hearing diseases and dementia which can cause hearing loss. Another reason for hearing loss is the changes that our ears undergo as we age. It could cause irregular bone growth at the ears and cause abnormal blood flows to the nerves. Here are some tips in addressing hearing loss in seniors!
Hearing Loss Training
Many of those who suffer from hearing impairment feel as though there is no one who can truly understand them. They complain that there is a lack of empathy and awareness. As a caregiver to someone who suffers from hearing loss, it is important to undergo hearing loss training to better meet the needs of your loved ones. When loved ones are able to meet them at their level, they know that they are cared for and will feel less isolated.
Medical professionals like doctors and nurses should also be trained to deal with patients with hearing loss. Many reports indicate that doctors hardly check in on patients with hearing loss and spend less time in their rooms if they visit. Reports have also shown that hearing loss patients are usually readmitted for treatments as they may have misunderstood medical instructions. We may not be able to control how doctors and nurses interact with your loved ones but we can be the bridge to communicate how they really feel. This way they get the opportunity of feeling understood and doctors are able to create a medical plan that suits them.
How we communicate to our loved ones with hearing loss is important. Remember that as you speak, use actions and pictures to help. Speak clearly and concisely so that it is not hard for them to follow the conversation. Rephrase what you say rather than repeat it. The way your words are phrased might be confusing to them. Repeat important details to ensure that they understood what you said.
Hearing aids are a great option to help improve hearing that helps users understand and comprehend speech better. Hearing aids increase the intensity of sound vibrations that enter the ears. The greater the damage to the nerves, the greater the hearing loss and the greater the need for increasing amplification of the hearing aids. Hearing aids will allow the individual to speak and listen to people more clearly and it is easier for them to engage in conversations
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