When we think of hearing loss, we often assume that sounds are less intense or duller for the individual. However, hearing loss manifests in different ways. In addition to difficulty hearing conversations, your loved one may experience buzzing or ringing in the ears.
If you notice that your loved one is having trouble hearing, is constantly asking you to repeat yourself or seems withdrawn from regular conversation, make an appointment with a hearing specialist. A specialist can help identify the cause of the issue and recommend the best options to help restore as much of the hearing as possible. Home Care Assistance Sonoma County presents a few of the common treatments for hearing loss which your loved one’s doctor or hearing specialist may recommend:
- Hearing Aids – Hearing aids are perhaps the most common remedy for seniors suffering from hearing loss. These come in a variety of forms, including styles that are outside of the ear and those that go inside the ear and are barely detectable. Both analog and digital hearing aids are also available. One new type of hearing aid, called a middle ear hearing aid, is actually implanted to the bones in the middle ear. This may be helpful if your loved one has severe hearing loss that is specific to the middle ear.
- Implants – Cochlear implants are devices designed for those who do not benefit from traditional hearing aids. Rather than amplifying sound like a hearing aid does, these implants stimulate the auditory nerve. Not all people with hearing loss are candidates for a cochlear implant, but it may help those with specific types of severe hearing damage.
- Assistive Devices – Assistive devices are designed to help your loved ones hear better in specific situations. For example, some assistive devices help seniors hear better when on the telephone or when watching television. Others amplify important sounds in the home, like doorbells, smoke alarms, and other key alerts.
In some cases, hearing loss can also leave your loved one’s safety at risk. Their inability to hear what’s going on around them can make certain activities of daily living such as cooking dangerous. If this is a problem, it’s best to seek in-home help whether provided by yourself, other family members or a professional caregiver. If you’re interested in learning more about professional home care, click here and discover how a reliable and compassionate part-time caregiver in Sonoma County can promote safety for your loved one in the comfort of home.
One or a combination of the above hearing treatments can make the home a safer place, while helping your loved one to enjoy as much independence as possible. To learn more about how to care for a loved one as they enter their golden years, reach out to Home Care Assistance Sonoma County at 707-843-4368. We’re available 24/7 to answer questions and can also schedule a complimentary consultation if you would like to further discuss care needs and care options.