Comfort Keepers Senior Caregivers in Walnut Creek, CA & Hearing Loss and Senior Citizens
Senior Caregivers discuss the importance of recognizing and treating hearing loss in senior citizens living in and around Walnut Creek, CA
What Does It Mean to Be Deaf?
Our senior caregivers recognize that the term deaf is often mistaken and generalized to mean someone who has a hearing loss. The term actually is meant to describe an individual who has very little to no hearing at all. These individuals will often use sign language to communicate with their caregivers and those around them. They are most likely to be unable to hear much at all, no matter the volume or assistive device presented to them.
The term hard of hearing is one that is more commonly used and probably one you are familiar with and this one is meant to describe any type of mild to moderate hearing loss that occurs in an individual. Those who have are hard of hearing can typically still communicate verbally and through writing, but some may sign or use other forms of communication - according to our senior caregivers.
Hearing impaired is the last term that is used and this describes someone who has any degree of hearing loss. You will find that some individuals with a hearing loss have them because they heard an explosion or a gun was fired too close to their ear. This type of hearing loss is usually less severe than the others.
How Being Deaf Affects Elderly People in the US and Around the World
Being deaf and experiencing hearing loss affects the elderly across the US and the world. Some of the statistics are shocking and you may be surprised to learn that about 25 percent of seniors aged 65 to 74 and 50 percent of those 75 and older have a disabling hearing loss.
How to Identify if Your Loved One May Be Experiencing Sign of Deafness
If you think your loved one may be experiencing signs of deafness or hearing loss, our senior caregivers urge you that it is important to speak with them, watch for signs, and schedule an appointment for an audiologist. Some of the signs to look for include:
· Loud volume on the radio, TV, or telephone
· Trouble hearing consonants
· Muffled speech and sounds
· Asking others to speak slowly or more clearly
· Avoidance of large crowds and social settings
· Withdrawal from complete conversations with others and family
Solutions That May Be Available to Your Loved One
There are a number of solutions that are available to your loved one who experiences hearing loss or deafness. One of the first steps you should take is to speak with their doctor so that your loved one can see an audiologist. From there, your loved one may receive help through assistive devices such as visual aids, hearing devices, and more.
If you would like to learn more about how the senior caregiver team at Comfort Keepers can help your loved one, call our office today.