There is a lot to learn about hearing loss in the elderly. The first thing to know is that if your loved one is experiencing hearing loss, they may have difficulty hearing when on the phone, can’t follow along with conversations, have difficulty understanding what people are saying, and more. You might even need to hire a home care services provider to help your loved one out.
Home Care Services Manhattan Beach CA – Handling Hearing Loss in the Elderly
Hearing Loss Types
There are different kinds of hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss are the two types. The sensorineural hearing loss happens when there is nerve damage to the inner ear or to nerves that send sound to one’s brain. This is often caused by loud exposure to noise, infection, tumors, or an injury to the ear. Conductive hearing loss happens when sound waves are blocked. Usually, this will affect only one ear. It is generally caused by a blown eardrum, excessive ear wax build-up, ear infections, and diseases of the ear. This can be restored or corrected in most cases.
Options for Treatment
If your elderly loved one has hearing loss, it is important that they get the proper treatment. You should speak with their doctor or have their home care services provider speak to their doctor about their hearing loss. They can run tests to see what the cause of the hearing loss is and what can be done about it. If it is due to an infection, antibiotics might be needed. Sometimes the issue may be a tumor or trauma to the ear. In these cases, surgery might be needed to repair the damage that has been done. In cases where the issue can’t be repaired, things like cochlear implants or other hearing devices may be needed.
Living with the Hearing Loss
It can be difficult to live with hearing loss. However, you should know there are many great devices that can help your loved one to live with hearing loss. There are also things that can be done to help your loved one to hear better. Have them let you know they need you to speak louder, in one ear over the other, or standing closer to them. You may also encourage them to learn to lip read. If they know how to lip read, you can face them directly when you are talking and other can do the same.
These are some of the ways of handling hearing loss and how your loved one can learn to live with it. Be sure to try and be as understanding as possible with your loved one. Struggling with hearing loss can be scary and frustrating. Your loved one may feel as if they are losing a part of themselves.
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of 1Heart Caregiver Services. Recently offering 1Heart franchise business opportunities to the public, Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its goal of making a positive difference in the homecare industry. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 25 years, with 15 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. She has been the recipient of several awards given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts, and entertainment. She has also been honored as an Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles, and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.