Tuesday, 12 December 2017 00:00

What’s that you say? Preparing for Hearing Loss in the Elderly

As we age, we begin to lose control of our five senses – this is the inevitability of growing older. But just because it’s inevitable, doesn’t mean it’s easy to accept or deal with. Hearing loss is a common side effect of old age, and with it comes an entirely new set of challenges one can barely imagine preparing for.

As a care giver of a hearing impaired loved one or care receiver, it’s important to understand what they are going through. Daily life becomes greatly affected, and the responsibility may fall on you to find a solution to improve their quality of life…

Don’t Leave Hearing Loss Untreated

Statistics reveal that up to 80% of seniors with hearing loss could benefit greatly from some sort of treatment, including the use of hearing aids. Yet the reality is that many of this 80% are left untreated, and the consequences are dire, resulting in negative effects on overall health.

Leaving hearing loss untreated can result in:

  • Feelings of anger, frustration and loss of alertness to surroundings
  • A loss of physical safety due to a lack of awareness
  • Feelings of isolation, becoming withdrawn, and reduced social interactions
  • Depression and feelings of loneliness which can ultimately lead to a lack of self-care including personal hygiene, unintentional weight loss, weakness and loss of independence
  • Cognitive impairment – hearing loss has been linked to the onset of dementia as hearing loss can atrophy the brain
  • Increased instances of falls – hearing loss impairs your natural sense of balance.

Tips for Tackling Hearing Loss

If you suspect someone you care for is suffering from hearing loss, book an appointment with an audiologist as soon as you can. A visit with one of these professionals could point to a hearing issue which doesn’t necessarily require a hearing aid, but a more simple procedure.

If a hearing aid needs to be fitted, don’t settle for cheap quality. An inferior hearing aid can often worsen the situation by amplifying sounds, making conversation even more difficult to comprehend.

Budget considerations often cause a delayed acceptance and denial of the fact that a hearing aid might be required, particularly if their insurance won’t cover it. Ask your audiologist for recommendations on organisations which can offer a more affordable price. You can also purchase hearing aids online, and pay your audiologist separately to program it.

If the person you are caring for makes use of a hearing aid, encourage them to use it as regularly as possible, even when they are alone. Keep hearing aids clean, store them correctly and purchase insurance for them if your care receiver is at risk of losing them.

Help your loved one or care receiver to remain connected with the world around them with the gift of hearing – improving quality of life for you both!

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