As we age, our bodies go through changes and one of the most common changes is hearing loss. If hearing loss is not treated, it can have a serious impact on a senior’s quality of life and social interactions. Here is why we should encourage seniors to have their hearing checked. 

According to the National Council on Aging, the signs of hearing loss in seniors include:

-Frequently asking people to repeat themselves.

-The senior has difficulty hearing in places with background noise. 

-The senior is tired after listening for a long time. 

-People are telling the senior that the TV is too loud. 

When a senior starts to notice their hearing loss, it is important to have their hearing checked for detection and treatment. Hearing loss usually develops gradually, which makes it easy to ignore the symptoms. Additionally, studies have shown that untreated hearing loss can affect other areas, including increased risk of cognitive decline, dementia and balance problems. 

Untreated hearing loss can contribute to social isolation, depression and anxiety. Also, the senior may find it difficult to participate in social activities or enjoy their past interests. Regular hearing checks will allow the senior to stay connected and involved.  

Hearing aids are different and more complex than ordering other medical devices, such as eyeglasses. They involve additional adjustments to ensure optimal performance. The hearing aid can be too loud, not provide enough audio and/or other adjustments may need to be made for best results. 

When talking with a senior about their hearing, emphasize the importance of honest communication. Explain to them the consequences of untreated hearing loss and the need to schedule regular hearing screenings.

The provider that you pick to have your hearing checked is important. Find someone who listens to your needs including financial and emotional needs. 

Offer to take the senior to the hearing appointment, so you can offer emotional support. Assure them that the process is painless and will improve their well-being. 

Also, sharing stories and testimonials about other seniors who have benefited from hearing aids will help them alleviate concerns that they may have. When encouraging seniors to have their hearing checked, focus on the positive aspects of having their hearing checked, tell them about the importance of early detection and treatment, and take the necessary steps to take care of the senior’s overall well-being. 

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