By Cozette Eldridge, Field Representative
Hearing loss can have a huge impact on an elderly person’s quality of life.
Trying to understand during a phone conversation. Following a conversation when several people are talking. Enjoying television and radio programs. Being aware someone is talking to them. Hearing and alarm, a doorbell or telephone ring. These are some of the things that can create stress when a person has hearing loss. It can result in sadness, depression, anger and irritability. Often social interactions are frustrating and can leave an elderly person with feelings of incompetence and inadequacy. This in turn can cause the person to withdraw from further interactions with others, in effect creating a psychological solitary confinement. Here are some things we can all do when speaking to someone with hearing loss. Face the person and don’t cover your mouth when speaking.
If the person hears better in one ear than the other, position yourself to speak on the better hearing side. Speak slowly and clearly, be sure to enunciate each word.
Turn off the radio, television or background music during conversations.
Have one-on-one conversations. At family gatherings, ask relatives to sit one at a time with the elderly person away from the crowd.
Avoid noisy restaurants. Be patient and prepared to repeat. Don’t let your frustration show, as this will cause the person to withdraw. Whenever possible provide information in writing, such as directions, schedules and appointments. Take turns speaking to avoid interrupting.
Use body language to help convey meaning. If caring for an elderly person with hearing loss, contact an audiologist to have their hearing properly assessed.
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