One third of Americans between the ages of 65 an 74 suffer from some form of hearing issues. Hearing loss is a serious concern regardless of whether it loss is small or large. If left untreated, the symptoms will get worse.
Hearing loss can become a nuisance in many ways. You may miss critical tidbits of a conversion with your friends or home care aide, or may find it difficult to understand what family members are saying over the phone.
There is no need to feel embarrassed by hearing loss. Consult your doctor if you are experiencing difficulty hearing. In all likelihood they will refer you to an otolaryngologist, a physician that specializes in ear, nose and throat, or an audiologist, a professional that conducts hearing loss tests.
In the mean time, Smile Senior Care has some tips on how family, friends and home care aides can cope with a senior’s with hearing loss:
- Be patient.
- Before engaging in a conversation, eliminate background noise.
- Do not mumble. Enunciate loud and clearly without distorting your speech.
- Use hand gestures to express your points.
- Don’t cover your mouth when you speak.
- Speak at normal tempo. It’s common to speak slower or faster when increasing the volume of your speech.