Hearing loss can be subtle for your elderly family member for a very long time. But once she acknowledges that her hearing is changing she can start to do something about it.
Her Brain Doesn’t Process Sound the Same Way Anymore
Changes in how your senior’s brain works changes a lot about her life. Those changes can even affect how her brain processes the sounds that her ears take in. There may not be anything wrong with your senior’s ears at all, but her hearing is still impacted severely.
Blockages in the Ear Canal
Everybody’s ears have wax in them, but as your senior ages, the wax can become thicker and may even start to block the ear canal. In some cases, the wax buildup can be so severe that it can affect your senior’s ability to hear as well as she did. Most of the time the buildup can be removed safely by your senior’s doctor, but occasionally that’s not possible.
Arthritis in Ear Bones
The tiny bones of the inner ear are not immune to the same issues that can plague other bones of the body. They can also develop arthritis, which means that it’s difficult for them to move and to function in the same way that they did before. Depending on the severity, there may be medications that help to relieve inflammation.
Sometimes hearing loss is all about damage that has been done to the nerves, bones, and fine hairs of the ear over your senior’s entire life. Exposure to loud noises, illnesses, and even smoking can all create this type of damage. Most of the time people link this cause to just the deterioration of age.
Combinations of All of the Above
Life is complex, though, and your senior could be experiencing hearing loss because of a combination of any or all of the situations above. Some of these may be situations that her doctor can help her to manage, but others may be things that no one can do much about. Learning to cope may be the best answer.
Dealing with hearing loss can be incredibly frustrating for you and for your aging family member as well as for other people in your senior’s life. Senior care providers can be the go-between for your senior and other people when you’re not able to be there with her. You might also learn some new tricks for helping your senior cope.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Denver, CO, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare West Denver. Call today: (720) 263-6060.