Elderly Hearing Loss

by Rachel Bhan

Hearing loss is a problem that many people face especially as age catches up. Hearing problems faced by the elderly could range from missing certain sounds to those involving total deafness .Misunderstanding words in a conversation, missing musical notes or not hearing the doorbell are occurrences that are indicative of a hearing problem. Often elderly people are not aware of their own hearing problem and get frustrated or embarrassed at being unable to follow what is being said. Tackling hearing problem for the elderly is possible today with the use of devices such as hearing aids, medication, special training and even surgery.

Some of the signs that indicate a hearing problem in the elderly could be as follows -

  1. Words those are difficult to understand,
  2. When another person's speech sounds slurred or mumbled especially when there is lot of background noise.
  3. Some sounds that may sound annoying or very loud.
  4. A ringing or hissing noise is heard in the background,
  5. TV shows, concerts and parties are avoidable because you can't hear well.

The causes that lead to hearing loss or hearing problems are varied. Some of these are as follows-

  1. Exposure to very loud noises over a long period of time.
  2. Infections such as viral and bacterial infections.
  3. Certain conditions such as heart conditions, stroke, head injuries and tumor.
  4. Certain medical drugs, heredity or changes in the ear due to aging can also cause hearing problems.

Listed below are few things you can do if you have trouble hearing -

  1. Convey to others that you have trouble hearing.
  2. Concentrate on what is being said and pay attention to facial expressions and gestures.
  3. Request others to face you and speak more slowly and clearly without shouting.
  4. Convey the message to the person who is talking, if you do not understand what is being said, asking for the statement to be repeated and reworded.

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