Did you know that 2 out of 3 people over the age of 75 have some amount of hearing loss? Hearing loss often occurs gradually, so you don’t realize it’s a problem. You might start turning up the TV a little more each time you watch, or find yourself asking people to repeat themselves. Too often, the signs of hearing loss are shrugged off or ignored. You might think maybe your mother’s just having trouble understanding what the kids are saying because they’re teenagers prone to mumbling. Or you tell yourself your dad has the TV up so loud because there are so many distractions when the kids are around. But these are signs of hearing loss and should be taken seriously.
It is important to be aware of the signs of hearing loss. The common signs are:
- Trouble understanding a person when they’re speaking, especially young children or when in a crowd.
- Difficulty hearing people on the phone.
- Having to ask people to repeat themselves often.
- Listening to the radio or TV at a high volume.
- Ringing in the ears.
Hearing loss in older adults can in turn lead to other problems. If someone is having trouble hearing, they might not enjoy being out in social situations. This means they stay home more, which leads to feelings of loneliness and isolation, which in turn can lead to depression.
If you’ve noticed any of these in a loved one, it is something you should discuss with the doctor. Make an appointment for a hearing screening and evaluation. There are many things that can be done to help people with hearing loss. Hearing aids have improved immensely over the years, and they are smaller and more comfortable than many people remember. There are other options as well, depending on the cause of the hearing loss.
Here at Piedmont Home Health, we’re here to help you and your loved ones live the best life possible. Our caregivers are attuned to the issues facing their clients on a daily basis, and are always there to answer your questions and help find solutions. They can be a valued help when facing hearing loss in your loved one.