The last few times you’ve gone over to your elderly mother’s house to lend a hand she’s had the television volume blaring. You’ve also noticed lately that her favorite response to any of your questions has become “what?!”. Now that it’s apparent mom has some hearing loss, you’re worried that this newfound communication barrier will interfere with your ability to provide the nurturing care she deserves. What should you do? Fortunately, there are several effective ways to communicate with a senior who’s struggling with hearing loss, starting with these 5.
Why is Mom’s Hearing Bad?
In addition to the aging process itself, there may be other reasons why mom has suffered some temporary or permanent hearing loss, such as:
- Family history
- Excessive noise
- A head injury
- Certain bacterial or viral infections
- Diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure
- A stroke
- Certain medications
How Does Hearing Loss Affect Seniors?
Because hearing is one of our most important senses, not being able to enjoy the sounds of the world around them can negatively affect a senior’s health and wellbeing in these ways:
- Not staying active enough
- Making it unsafe for them to drive
- Social isolation leading to feelings of