Many senior adults today are at a loss. In this case, I am speaking about hearing loss. Age related hearing loss happens gradually over time. People are experiencing this condition longer because we are living longer.

Subtle Changes

Many are not even aware that their hearing is deteriorating because the changes are so subtle. Age related hearing loss is one of the most common conditions among senior adults. The loss of hearing occurs in both ears.

Approximately one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 years old, experience hearing loss. Nearly half of those over the age of 75 have hearing loss and nearly all of those over the age of 80 have hearing problems.

Having hearing problems as a senior adult can be frustrating and dangerous at the same time. It makes it hard to understand and follow directions from healthcare providers, hear warning signals, doorbells and alarms.

Hearing Loss Challenges

As we age, there are many challenges that we must face. Experiencing hearing loss is like rubbing salt in the wound.

Hearing loss can also cause physical challenges. It can cause balance issues resulting in devastating falls. In fact, those with untreated hearing loss are three times more likely to suffer falls then those without.

Hearing loss can also cause isolation. When seniors are socially isolated they are less likely to participate in physical activities, which we know has several key benefits to a healthy lifestyle.

They are also more likely to have poor eating and diet habits. This can lead to diabetes or make existing health issues, like high blood pressure and heart conditions worse.

In short, a loss of hearing can impact all aspects of a senior adults life. Imagine not hearing birds singing in the morning, the sound of a river running, the sound that the rain makes outside your home.

When a person experiences a loss of hearing they are not able to hear background noises or conversations that are happening around them at family gatherings, parties and other social events. It is hard to hear their own grandchildren.

Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

  • Golden Heart Senior Care St. George - Hearing LossAsking people to repeat themselves
  • Turning up the television to max volume
  • Can’t hear the doorbell or phone ringing
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Hard to follow conversations with two or more people

Fortunately there are solutions that can help with hearing loss and they all depend on each individuals needs. Some options are:

  • Hearing aids
  • Telephone amplifying devices 
  • TV and radio listening systems
  • Visual alert systems for doorbells, telephones, smoke detectors and alarm clocks
  • Cochlear implants

How Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah can help: We are here to assist with you with taking care of a family member with hearing loss and other disabilities. Along with our companionship services, we also offer meal prep and planning. Seniors with hearing loss may also no longer feel comfortable to drive or be in supermarket surroundings. We are happy to assist seniors with transporation and shopping duties.

Any caregiver who enters your home goes through our process of background checks, drug testing, interviews, and references. Golden Heart Senior Care provides superior companionship care. Reference our companionship care page to learn more. We are also licensed and bonded. Please refer to our Senior Advocacy page for more information. If you would like Golden Heart Senior Care Southern Utah to advocate for you and your loved one, please call us at (435) 669-3704.

Further resources:

http://www.betterhearing.org

http://www.hearingloss.org/content/programs-and-services

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/parentsguide/resources/index.html

http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/Hearing-Loss-Organizations-and-Associations/

https://www.usor.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/About-the-Hard-of-Hearing-program.pdf

https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/hearing-loss-causes-symptoms-treatment#1

 

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