Nearly half of all seniors 75 and older have some type of hearing loss. Depending on the extent of the impairment, hearing loss can severely impact a person’s overall quality of life. Learning how to cope with hearing loss can make it easier for seniors to enjoy day-to-day activities while remaining engaged with loved ones and friends.
Today’s hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, often barely detectable when worn. Caledon senior care specialists recommend hearing aids to treat some of the most common forms of hearing loss, even when the impairment is more severe. Although hearing aids aren’t meant to correct hearing problems, such devices, when properly fitted and adjusted, can significantly improve quality of life.
A cochlear implant involves the insertion of a device into the ear that will bypass the damaged portion of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve. It should be noted that cochlear implants aren’t recommended for individuals who function well with a hearing aid. It’s also not an option for patients with complete hearing loss.
Assisted Listening Devices
Assisted listening devices for hearing loss are devices meant to make it easier to understand what is being said. Typically, such devices include amplified phones, the close-captioned TV feature and gadgets that display the text of a phone conversation.
Hearing loss in seniors can sometimes be misinterpreted for confusion, stubbornness or irritability. Additionally, some seniors with hearing loss may withdraw from social situations or become depressed. Caregivers can help by identifying signs of a hearing loss and practicing the following tips for enhanced communication:
- Speak clearly while facing the person (don’t shout)
- Use appropriate facial expressions and hand gestures
- Avoid noisy backgrounds when possible
- Get one point across at a time (to avoid confusion)
If hearing problems persist, it’s important that your loved one is evaluated by a hearing specialist who can help determine the cause and the best treatment option.
For more information about maximizing safety and comfort for seniors who are hearing impaired, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Caledon today. While we are recognized as the live-in care experts, we also offer Caledon hourly care services on an as-needed basis. Seniors have the freedom to choose the care schedule that best meets their needs and are able to maintain their regular routines and independence. Find out how our highly trained and compassionate caregivers are enhancing quality of life for seniors throughout Caledon by scheduling a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager – 905-951-8885.