What Do You Need to Know about Hearing Loss and Your Elderly Loved One?
Understanding how hearing loss can affect your loved one can help you to care for her while she’s dealing with hearing problems. Every loved one is different, of course, but these tips can help.
It’s Truly a Loss for Your Loved One
Hearing loss is referred to as a loss, but did you realize that it’s truly something that your loved one will grieve? Most likely your loved one has been able to hear for most of her life and now she’s losing that ability. There are other things that she might lose, too, such as the ability to drive or her other signs of her independence.
Your Loved One Doesn’t Want to Appear Helpless
Above all, your loved one doesn’t want to feel or to appear helpless to you or to other people in her life. Having a disability that keeps her from hearing what is happening around her puts her at a disadvantage. This might be especially evident around new people, such as senior care providers that she doesn’t know well. Your loved one might go to great lengths to appear that she’s not losing her hearing, too.
Your Loved One Might Be in Denial
The flip side of appearing to have no hearing problem whatsoever is to be in denial about the problem entirely. Your loved one might honestly start to believe that her problems hearing are actually the fault of the world around her. If you’ve heard your loved one tell you or other people that they need to learn to speak up or complained that everyone leaves the television turned down too low, she might be in denial.
She Might Hate the Assistive Devices She Uses to Hear
When she’s in denial about her hearing loss, your loved one might hate using her hearing aids or other assistive devices. Some elderly loved ones go so far as to turn those devices off or stop wearing them. If your loved one is uncomfortable or the device doesn’t work right, her audiologist can help make it right.
Work with your loved one’s audiologist to find the right solutions for your loved one. Be sure to let anyone who helps your loved one know the specifics about her hearing care plan.
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