Ways to Accommodate Your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss

Ways to Accommodate Your Loved Ones with Hearing Loss

Bary E. Williams, Au.D.

Born with hearing loss, Dr. Bary struggled in his early life to be completely engaged in the world around him. He obtain his masters and eventually his doctorate in audiology while working on the front lines as a hearing aid specialist during the day. Dr. Bary has been in practice for over 30 years and has worked for several of the largest hearing aid manufacturers.
Bary E. Williams, Au.D.

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It’s not until our hearing slips away that we understand the importance of it. Many of us have loved ones who are getting closer to this situation. Our hearing helps us live better lives as we can enjoy the many natural sounds. Yet, when a loss strikes a loved one, suddenly we are confused on what to do. It’s a scary path, but we know we have to be the support they need. These issues often happen to most people over 65 years old. One and 5 adults will either lose hearing significantly or struggle to hear sounds at all. Going it alone when something like this happens is a daunting experience. Consider some of these ways you can accommodate your loved one with hearing loss.

Change Communication

When a relative or loved one shows signs where they can’t hear you, consider how you talk to them. Communication is everything when talking to someone who can’t pick up on your words. The last thing you want to do is scream your sentences or shout out commands. We all know it’s frustrating at first on learning how to deal with a loved one who used to hear everything quite well. It’s hurtful for us to see them suffer as they’ve lost a part of the world around them. Change the way you converse with your loved one. Take your time and continue giving them the respect they deserve. Don’t try to rush things when talking to them. If you find it’s too much for you to handle, then look for some professional assistance.

Education

One reason it’s hard to figure out how to accommodate your loved when they struggle to hear is because we don’t understand what’s happening. Do yourself a favor and learn about what happens when our hearing loss occurs. Find out about the emotional impact and use these tips with your relative. Don’t be naive thinking you have the answer as you’ll quickly learn that you don’t. Education is always a good thing when dealing with a medical problem that hurting someone you love. They will appreciate that you took the time to assist them better with knowledge.

Assist with Checkups

Once you have a better understanding of what your loved one facing, you can begin to assist them with their checkups. This could include cleaning their devices or adjusting the volume. Some seniors need help with putting the device on and in their ear. Whatever you can do, try to be as supportive as possible. If your loved one is in the beginning stages, take it upon yourself to help them get a test. This can be one of the best things you can do for your loved one. Know who their doctor is and what location does the routine exams. You might find yourself searching for a clinic or facility on their behalf. Try helping as much as you can, and be there when they need you.

House Check

Consider moving some things around or making adjusts to yours and their home. Many have installed a light to indicate the doorbell is ringing. Try to think of anything you can alter that helps them if their home alone. This benefits their alertness when they can’t hear any sounds. Familiarize yourself with their house as well. This way you’ll know about spaces that cut out sounds completely.

No one wants to see a loved one suffer. It’s tough to watch and endure. Yet, you might be the only one they have to depend on. This is why you should work at changing your communication when talking to them. This cuts down on any unnecessary shouting that occurs when trying to help them hear what you’re saying. It’s common courtesy to your loved one to make these adjustments.

Use the internet to bring you up to speed on what happens when you can no longer hear the world around you. Do the research and learn that nearly 48 million people experience this kind of disability. Make it a point to help your loved one get their tests. You also don’t want them driving to the doctor by themselves. Write down when their appointments are, and if they need a checkup all together. Check their devices for volume control and comfort on their ears. Most of us never think that their volume could be turned so low it’s part of why they are yelling to get your attention. Make sure they are wearing a good device that’s sturdy and reliable. This helps, especially if they intend on wearing their device for a long time.

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