December 28th, 2017 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized
Hearing loss is common in seniors, and it can happen gradually without their knowledge. As professional caregivers, we know how important it is to understand the signs of losing hearing so that it is possible to treat the condition. Alternatively, an aging individual can benefit from wearing customized hearing aids so that they can enjoy daily living. Here are the most common signs of having a loss of hearing:
• Isolation – avoiding others due to a loss of hearing
• Ringing in the ears
• Sensitivity to sounds
• Pain in the ears
• Misunderstanding what was said
• Trying to read lips
• Inability to hear on the telephone
• High volume on televisions or radios
• Stuffy ear
What Can Cause a Loss Of Hearing In Older Individuals?
Loss of hearing may occur as a natural part of aging, but damage to the ear can also happen from chronic ear infections or listening to loud noises for many years. It is also possible to lose hearing in one or both ears from a brain injury incurred in a vehicular accident or from a stroke. Today, the majority of seniors have loss of hearing from noise exposure caused by listening to loud music or working in noisy factories. Chemicals can also damage hearing acuity, so if an older individual is exposed to carbon monoxide, heavy metals or pesticides, then they are at a higher risk of losing their hearing.
Call Us Today To Learn More
At Loved Ones, we understand the signs of a hearing loss so that we can help our clients. A caregiver can take a client to appointments with physicians and audiologists to determine if it is possible to cure an infection or to wear hearing aids. There are also several specialized assistive devices that can help older individuals who have a hearing loss. Contact us today to learn more about our home care services.