Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs as we age. Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults.
“Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing,” according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). “Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor's advice, respond to warnings, and hear phones, doorbells, and smoke alarms. Hearing loss can also make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends, leading to feelings of isolation.”
Are you concerned that your senior parent may be experiencing hearing loss? Many people have a hearing problem but do not realize it. If your senior parent exhibits any of the following signs of hearing loss, schedule an appointment with their doctor:
- Have trouble hearing over the telephone.
- Find it hard to follow conversations when two or more people are talking.
- Often ask people to repeat what they are saying.
- Need to turn up the TV volume so loud that others complain.
- Have a problem hearing because of background noise.
- Think that others seem to mumble.
- Can’t understand when women and children speak.
You may also want to ask your senior parent to take the following quiz, provided by the NIDCD, to best understand how age-related hearing loss may be impacting their health and independence. If your senior parent answers “yes” to three or more of these questions, they may need to have their hearing checked.
- Do you sometimes feel embarrassed when you meet new people because you struggle to hear?
- Do you feel frustrated when talking to members of your family because you have difficulty hearing them?
- Do you have difficulty hearing or understanding co-workers, clients, or customers?
- Do you feel restricted or limited by a hearing problem?
- Do you have difficulty hearing when visiting friends, relatives, or neighbors?
- Do you have trouble hearing in the movies or in the theater?
- Does a hearing problem cause you to argue with family members?
- Do you have trouble hearing the TV or radio at levels that are loud enough for others?
- Do you feel that any difficulty with your hearing limits your personal or social life?
- Do you have trouble hearing family or friends when you are together in a restaurant?
If your senior parent suffers from hearing loss, they may find relief and comfort in a variety of tools to help them hear, including hearing aids and other assistive-listening devices, cochlear implants, and alerting devices such as doorbells, smoke detectors, flashing lights, and alarm clocks to send them visual signals or vibrations.
The National Institute on Aging recommends that, if your senior parent does suffer from hearing loss, they should seek professional advice. If your senior parent needs assistance with their hearing, help them with the following tips:
- Let people know your senior parent has a hearing problem.
- Ask people to face your senior parent and to speak more slowly and clearly. Also, ask them to speak louder without shouting.
- Find a good location to help your senior parent listen. Place them between the speaker and sources of noise and look for quieter places to talk.
SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills in-home caregivers can ensure that your senior parent feels included in activities and conversations, even in the midst of hearing loss. SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help ensure your senior parent communicates and remains socially active by following the tips below, provided by the National Institute on Aging.
- SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers can help your parent find a quiet place to talk to help reduce background noise, especially in restaurants and at social gatherings.
- SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers will work to stand in good lighting and use facial expressions or gestures to give clues.
- SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers will face your senior parent and speak clearly, slowly, and naturally.
- SYNERGY’s in-home caregivers will work patiently and positively with your senior parent.
If your senior parent struggles with hearing loss, SYNERGY HomeCare Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills in-home caregivers can help them manage their hearing. Our in-home caregivers provide quality, compassionate care, and can help coach family members and friends to work with your senior parent’s hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss can lead to isolation, confusion, embarrassment, and depression.
If your senior parent struggles with hearing, causing them to withdraw from social activities and become frustrated, visit a primary care physician and call SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, or Anaheim Hills to ensure that your senior is diagnosed and receives proper treatment and care following the diagnosis.
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