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Hearing loss is one of the most common and most significant health challenges seniors face. In fact, one in three adults over the age of 65 have some degree of difficulty hearing. This “invisible disability” can impact an older adult’s quality of life, interpersonal relationships, and even their physical and mental well-being.
Taking steps to protect a senior’s independence while keeping them safe is crucial.
Addressing Hearing Loss with a Senior
The first step in managing a senior’s hearing loss is helping them recognize it. Older adults might not realize there is a problem or be willing to accept they have one.
Find a quiet time and place to tackle the topic empathetically. You may need to kindly point out a few of the common signs of hearing loss: turning the television up to an excessive volume, asking people to repeat what they said, and difficulty keeping up conversations.
A licensed audiologist will be able to conduct the necessary testing to determine the degree of hearing loss. He or shewill also screen for medicalissues that cause hearing and balance problems that could lead to debilitating falls.
If the hearing loss is moderate to severe, the doctor is likely to prescribe a hearing aid. That may allow the senior to regain some of their ability to hear. When a hearing aid isn’t an option, there are steps you can take to keep a senior safe and independent.
5 Steps for Maintaining Independence after Hearing Loss
This article has helpful information on aging and hearing problems. You can read it to learn more about the signs and types of hearing loss, as well as the wide range of listening devices seniors can explore.