How To Care For Your Loved One With Hearing Loss

 

Man with audiologist|How To Care For Your Loved One With Hearing Loss

What is Hearing Loss

Old age and hearing loss often go together. Making life really hard for our aging loved one. It is a gradual decrease in the hearing capacity of an individual. It is one of the most common problems encountered by our elderly population. Hearing loss makes life complicated for our aging loved ones. As it becomes difficult for them to effectively communicate with family and friends. Furthermore, when you are at a loss of hearing, it is difficult to follow what your doctor is advising you. Also, when your loved ones are unable to hear properly. They may miss the sound of doorbells, alarms and would also fail to respond to any warning sign. These are the disastrous effects of hearing loss. Getting a proper diagnosis will help decrease the magnitude of the problem.

Hearing loss or not?

How to determine if your loved one is suffering from it. Here are some questions to help you analyze the hearing ability of your aging loved one. Furthermore, if you are new to caregiving, check out my books to help with the entire process.
  • Have you noticed embarrassing behavior when they are about to meet friends or new people?
  • Is your loved one have difficulty in hearing when someone speaks softly?
  • Does your loved one appear frustrated while communicating with you or another family member?
  • Do you notice that their hearing problem leads to frequent arguments in the family?
  • Is your loved one able to hear properly while dining out in a restaurant?
  • Does your loved one constantly want to increase the volume of TV or radio?
  • Is your loved one reluctant in visiting their friends?
  • Have your loved ones avoided attending parties or family get together?
If the answer is a “yes” to more than 3 questions, then it is time you took your loved one to the doctor for a checkup.
hearing loss

Various types

  • Sensorineural hearing loss

This is a permanent form of it, which usually occurs due to damage to the inner ear.

  • Conductive hearing loss

This form, in most cases, surgery can restore the hearing. Conductive hearing loss occurs when the sound waves fail to reach the inner ear. The cause is a blockage in the pathway caused by the buildup of earwax or due to a punctured eardrum.
  • Presbycusis

This usually affects people aged 50 years and above. This form of it cripples an individual’s ability to tolerate loud noises. Our loved ones lose their hearing capacity bit by bit with each passing year.

Cause of hearing loss

It is not a natural phenomenon and occurs due to various reasons. The many reasons are as followed.
  • Otosclerosis. Is a hereditary disorder. Causing progressive deafness due to overgrowth of bone in the inner ear.
  • Infections of the ear. Known as otitis media can cause significant loss of hearing, if not treated on time.
  • A severe blow to the head that can result from an accident or injury.
  • Certain medications. Ototoxic drugs, in some cases, cause permanent damage to the inner ear.

 

 

What can you do to help your loved one with hearing loss? It is a serious problem and should never be ignored. Life becomes difficult for our aging loved one. And a visit to the doctor for diagnosing the hearing loss becomes mandatory. A visit to the ENT or otolaryngologist is necessary. They specialize in treating ear, nose, and throat disease. An otolaryngologist is better to analyze the actual cause of hearing loss. The specialist may also recommend your loved one to another specialist, an audiologist. They will analyze the degree of hearing loss and recommend appropriate treatment options.

More tips to help your loved one with hearing loss

  • Be a supportive listener

    Hearing loss is not a pleasant experience. Our loved ones often get in an uncomfortable situation when they get into a group of people. In order to hide their loss of hearing properly, they may end up talking too much. In such a situation, it is better to allow your loved one to do the talking. And you as the caregiver should be a patient listener.
  • Go with your loved one to the doctor

    By doing so, you are making it clear that you are there for your loved one when they need your support. Furthermore, by accompanying them to the doctor, you can discuss every detail. And also decide upon the best treatment for your loved one.
  • Attend the hearing test appointment to the audiologist

    Make sure that you attend almost all the appointments with the audiologist. Because you would get to learn more about the hearing loss. And its negative impact on your loved one and members of the family. This experience will enable you to take better realistic decisions in the long run.
  • Do not make the mistake of immediately purchasing hearing aids online

    Refrain from doing so; do not get tempted to get hearing aids as soon as your parents complain of hearing loss. Understand that hearing aids are complex devices. And your audiologist is there to work on them. Online hearing aids may not fit your loved ones’ demands. Therefore, it is best to consult the audiologist. Before purchasing any such devices for your loved ones.
  • Do not get frustrated with your loved ones

    Frustration is certainly not the way to solve the problem. When our aging loved one is unable to hear, they often exhibit unnatural behavior. Which is sometimes difficult to tackle. Furthermore, your loved one may be living with untreated hearing loss for more than 10 years. During this period, their brain is receiving reduced hearing stimulation. As a result of which it would take a good amount of time to adjust to hearing aids. Do not expect miracles to happen, the moment your loved one uses hearing aids. With hearing aids, your loved one would need enough time to get adjusted to the device. Keeping patience during this time is important. And do not get frustrated and shouting at your loved one. This will only lead to misunderstandings and hard feelings.

 

Conclusion

The tips above will help take better care of your loved one with hearing loss. This will allow your loved ones to live a more productive and happy life. For more information, check out this site. Also, check out these other posts.

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