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In-Home Senior Care & Hearing Loss in Frisco, TX

Dec 7, 2017 by Byron Ricks

Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions impacting America's elderly population. In fact, hearing loss affects more than a third of seniors over the age of 65. This number grows to upwards of 50 percent by the time seniors reach 75.

 

Hearing loss can be both physically difficult and emotionally troubling. For this reason, seniors may not simply "get better" by using a hearing aid or turning on the closed-captions on their televisions. For those providing in-home senior care, understanding a senior's ability to hear and communicate is essential to provide top-quality service, and having empathy allows caregivers to address a senior's social and emotional needs as well.

 

For some seniors, hearing loss can be addressed with sound amplification devices like hearing aids. Others may prefer other adaptive technologies, such as flashing lights on their telephone, doorbell, smoke alarms, etc. Since each senior is unique and requires individualized support, seniors who suffer from hearing loss should see an audiologist. The audiologist can not only make personalized recommendations, but they can work with the senior on life adaptation strategies.

 

How Can In-Home Senior Care Help Frisco, TX Residents With Hearing Loss?

 

While seniors should seek to improve their hearing situation, there are some things that in-home senior care providers can do to make life easier and better for the senior. Note: these suggestions are also highly recommended for family members, friends, and others who may visit or work with a senior with hearing loss.

 

  • Always start by getting the senior's attention and make sure they are looking at you before you start speaking. In the same way, ensure you are looking at the senior when you are talking.

 

  • Seniors with hearing loss often compensate by reading lips. To help them out, speak slowly, but make sure you speak naturally and are not changing the way you say things. Often people try to "help" an individual who is lip reading by overemphasizing their lip movements. This makes it harder for them to understand what you are trying to say.

 

  • Shouting, just like over-emphasizing, makes it hard to read lips and it rarely helps a person with hearing loss hear you better. Speak in normal tones or slightly louder, but do not yell.

 

  • Try to eliminate background noises, such as televisions and radios. If choosing a venue for the conversation, choose one without a lot of audio distractions.

 

  • Use as many non-verbal clues and expressions as you can.

 

  • If possible, use writing or typing to supplement your conversation.

 

In short, hearing loss is common among seniors, and Comfort Keepers in-home senior care staff are well-equipped to help. The good news is that the same tips and tricks that work for our care staff will work for you as well. For more information, contact a senior care coordinator today.

 

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