Hearing loss can be incredibly frustrating for your aging adult, but it’s equally difficult for the people who interact with her. Learning about what works and how to help your senior can help everyone to have a better experience, even if your elderly family member continues to lose her hearing.
Let New People in Her Life Know.
Hearing loss is something that people who are new to your aging adult’s life can’t see as soon as they meet her. If you let them know in advance that she has trouble hearing, they can make adjustments in how they interact with her. Senior care providers, physical therapists, and any other new folks in her life benefit from this information just as much as your elderly family member does.
Make Sure Assistive Devices Are Functional.
Whether your aging adult is using hearing aids or other types of assistive devices such as captioning services, telephones that translate spoken voices to text, or any other devices, it helps to know that they’re consistently functioning. Most of these devices have a testing function of some sort. Also, keeping up with follow up visits to your elderly family member’s audiologist is essential.
Determine What Works and What Doesn’t.
Some seniors prefer some types of assistance over others when managing their hearing issues. For example, your elderly family member may not enjoy closed captioning if it’s too difficult to read the words or if the captioning moves too quickly. Using devices that amplify the sound without distorting it might be better for her, in that case.
Try to Reduce Background Noise Whenever Possible.
In most situations, background noise is a bigger culprit than most other issues when it comes to helping your senior understand what’s being said. If possible, reduce background noise. Having as little competing noise as possible can help your senior to be able to focus on what is being said. It also reduces the likelihood that her hearing aid or other assistive devices will distort sounds.
Make sure that your elderly family member gets her hearing reevaluated regularly. Keeping track of how well she’s able to hear allows you to adjust when she needs greater help.