Jan 26, 2017 by Becky Cross
Not all older adults lose their ability to hear. However, it is not unusual to have some deterioration of hearing with age. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, your mother or father may have been having hearing problems for a while. It could be that you both dismissed it and just talked louder or turned up the sound. Home health care providers recommend hearing aids as the solution.
More than 26 million older adults, age 50+ have a hearing impairment. Out of that number, less than 14 percent wear hearing aids. If your mother or father is hearing impaired and doesn’t wear hearing aids, they are putting themselves in danger, especially in public. On the other hand, with improved hearing, your parent will have a better quality of life. When they hear the word “cash”, they will know you did not say “trash” or “rash”!
Your loved one may not like the fit or the feedback sounds that their hearing aids produce. Home health care providers suggest that if your parent has purchased hearing aids from a reputable source with a warranty, they should return to that facility. There, they can adjust the aids to fit properly and modify the feedback and sound levels until they are comfortable. Hearing aids today are digital, and most of the brands are computerized and easily programmable.
When your parent is fitted for their hearing aids, they should be taught how to clean them, change the batteries and store them.
Abilene home health care providers assure seniors that hearing aids will only help. It is a process to get used to wearing them and to train your brain to listen through them, but once you adapt, life will sound a whole lot clearer.