Hearing loss can be very serious for your aging adult and the faster you’re able to spot issues the sooner you can get treatment for her. But those early signs of hearing loss can be a little sneaky so they’re sometimes more difficult to notice. Here are a few things she should pay attention to.
She’s Asking Others to Repeat Themselves Frequently.
It’s not uncommon at all for anyone to need to seek clarification or a repeat from someone else, but if your senior is starting to do this more often, it could be something to watch. Your elderly family member might be doing this only in certain circumstances, but if you’re starting to notice it now, you might want to note when it’s occurring the most often.
Sounds and Voices Start to Sound Muffled.
Your elderly family member might mention that it sounds to her as if everyone is sounding muffled. She may be able to make out what they’re saying, but the description could range from sounding like she has a pillow over her ears to sounding like people are talking underwater. This can mean that she’s losing some of her hearing or that she has clogged ears.
Background Noise Is a Big Deal.
When your hearing is working well, background noise is only a minor inconvenience. For your senior who is experiencing hearing loss, however, background noise can be extremely hindering to her ability to make out even the tiniest sounds. Reducing background noise, if it’s at all possible to do, can help quite a bit.
The Telephone Becomes Difficult.
Your aging family member may not realize just how much she relies on body language cues and even lip reading to make out what people are saying. So if her hearing is becoming gradually worse, things like talking on the telephone become extremely difficult. Your elderly family member might even start to avoid talking to people on the phone.
She Feels Uneasy Talking to People.
Another change you might notice is that your aging adult may become a little more uneasy when she’s talking to people, especially if she doesn’t know them well. Again, this can have to do with being comfortable with someone’s body language and how they speak and express themselves. Your senior may respond to having trouble hearing people by withdrawing from interacting with them.
You or your elderly family member might not notice these signs much at first, either. Having experienced home care providers available can be an easy way to start spotting these little signs that could become bigger signs as hearing loss worsens.
If you or someone you know needs home care in Fairmont, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.
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