Hearing loss is a common condition that is mostly predominant among the elderly. Moreover, it is among the major factors that affects independent senior living among the elderly. Without proper hearing one cannot be totally independent. Below are some of the most essential questions regarding hearing loss among the elderly.
What is hearing loss?
Hearing loss occurs when one’s hearing ability is reduced. The condition can be frustrating since one cannot make conversation properly with his or her loved ones. Similarly, hearing loss makes hearing warnings, alarms or doorbells impossible. Basically, it reduces for one’s ability to hear and comprehend speech as well as other sounds. Recent studies on the condition have revealed that about a half of all the seniors aged above 75 experience difficulty in hearing.
How to identify hearing problems?
Hearing problems are rather easy to identify. You should seek medical attention if:
- Your TV or radio volume is too high for other people
- You think other people are mumbling
- You cannot comprehend what children and women say to you
- You are unable to hear background noise
- You ask people to repeat what they are saying regularly
- You are unable to follow conversations involving two or more people
- You find it hard to get a conversation on the telephone
What are causes hear loss?
Hearing loss is caused by the following:
- Loud noise – loud noise from music, cars, lawn mowers or snow blowers have a damaging effect on the inner ear and could lead to permanent hearing loss in extreme cases.
- Aging – hearing loss due to aging occurs gradually due to changes in the inner ear and the auditory nerve. This could be change in blood flow of the ear, change in the inner ear structure, damage of the tiny hairs in the ear or if the nerves responsible for hearing are impaired.
- Heredity – Hearing loss may also occur as a hereditary condition. A good example of a hereditary condition that causes hearing loss is otosclerosis that occurs at older ages.
- Medication – Some medication can damage the inner ear if used over an extended period of time.
What should I do if I have trouble hearing?
Hearing loss is common to the elderly. As much as it may appear to hinder independent senior living, you may still have a good life if you:
- Inform people about your condition
- Ask people to address you louder, clearly and slowly
- Let people know when you do not understand or if you have not heard clearly
- Seek professional help
- Get hearing aid such as alerting devices, listening devices or cochlear implants
Hearing loss can affect inpendent senior living and the life of any senior citizen. However, identifying the problem in time can help one to find workable solutions for the condition.