Guide for Caregivers of People with Hearing Loss
Are you a caregiver for someone who you suspect has a hearing loss? If you are, it’s important to understand that a hearing loss, whether it’s being treated or not, comes with other implications. The hearing loss has to be factored into the equation for everyday situations, such as communicating with loved ones, doctor’s appointments, or watching TV / listening to the radio.
First, it’s important to know that hearing loss in seniors increases their risk of other health problems, both emotional and physical. Falling is a concern with all seniors, but even a mild hearing loss can increase a person’s risk of falling up to 3 times. Hearing loss can also have an impact on a person’s quality of life, as many people with hearing loss find themselves increasingly socially withdrawn. This can lead to feelings of isolation and potentially lead to depression.
Untreated hearing loss also has an impact on cognitive function. A John Hopkins study found that age-related cognitive decline increases by as much as 30-40% in people with untreated hearing loss. As most general practitioners do not screen for hearing loss on a routine basis, it’s often caregivers that carry the responsibility of addressing concerns around an individual’s hearing health.
It’s often the caregiver who will raise concerns about someone’s hearing during a regular check up with a general practitioner. It’s also often a family member who insists on making an appointment with a hearing care professional.
Recognizing the Signs of Hearing Loss
We recommend making an appointment with your local hearing care professional if the person you are caring for:
In most cases, hearing loss is treatable. If you suspect a hearing loss, book in a hearing assessment as soon as possible.
Hearing Loss Communication Tips:
If you are caring for someone with a hearing loss, here are some communication tips to help:
If the person you are caring for has to wear hearing aids, our Hearing Aid Maintenance Guide includes tips to help look after the hearing aids.
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