Does your Mom or Dad have difficulty hearing you whenever you talk on the phone, or even face-to-face? Do they regularly turn up the television or radio to an extremely high volume? Do they seem confused or aloof during casual conversations? These could be signs that they are losing their hearing.
Nearly two-thirds of all people over the age of 70 suffer from hearing loss. The number may be even higher, as many who experience this health condition suffer in silence due to embarrassment, or a shortage of financial and medical resources. But if your elderly loved one is having hearing issues, they needn’t feel isolated in their situation. You can help them continue to live active, purposeful lives.
First, if you sense an issue, talk to your parent and schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist to perform a testing series. The doctor can help you both to understand hearing loss and what it emcompasses. As we like to say here at 805Aging, knowing is the key to staying as healthy as possible.
Hearing loss can derive from a great number of sources, from simply excess earwax buildup, to viral or bacterial infections, to residual complications from stroke or heart attack, to hypertension, prescription drug use, to heredity and beyond. There are many forms of it:
Presbycusis is a long word for age-related hearing loss, which is a slow onset that occurs through the senior years, usually due to a gradual breakdown in inner ear tissue and/or nerves.
Tinnitus is when a person hears a constant ringing in their ears that can come and go. It can accompany other hearing problems. In recent years this particular health issue has received more attention in the media, as major celebrities like Clint Eastwood have come out as survivors.
Conducive hearing loss occurs when something (like wax, fluid, or an abnormal growth) blocks sounds from the eardrum to the inner ear. Again, this can frequently coexist with other hearing issues, and is often quite treatable.
Treatments for hearing loss depend on the type, and the severity. They can range from cleansing therapies, to hearing aids, and even surgical implants. If sign language eventually must be learned, consider this: it could end up being a wonderful way to pull the whole family into your parent’s well-being. Learn it, speak it, and explore their new language together.
There is so much to think about when entering the later stages of life. If you are considering elder care options, we at 805Aging can help. Our professional staff specializes in assisting you to choose the right kind of care for your loved one.
We conduct regular check-ins when you are unable to do so. 805Aging also provides oversight and detailed feedback to the family to keep your loved one safe and well-cared for day or night, weekday or weekend, holiday and every day.
We have the resources. We can hold your hand. We can guide you. Your peace of mind is our main goal, and is well assured. To find out more, call us at 805-750-4755 or visit our website and sign up for our monthly newsletter: www.805Aging.com.
There is no manual on how to take care of your parents as they age. They had a baby book when you were young. You have us. -Amy