Tips for Managing Hearing in Seniors
It is very common for everyone to experience a decline in hearing as we age. This is normal just like we have vision changes and changes in our flexibility and mobility. In today’s blog we would like to give you some tips on managing your hearing as you age.
In general, over the age of 50, people should have their hearing tested at least every three years, and more often if the individual notices a hearing problem. This is something to keep in mind if you are caring for someone in long-term care.
One of the first indicators of a problem with hearing is with the telephone. Often seniors becoming hard of hearing have difficulty hearing others on the telephone. Keep in mind that often phones can be adjusted to amplify the sound, and there are also special phones that you can buy which offer even higher amplification.
It is worth mentioning that hearing aids have evolved considerably in the last 20 years. Hearing aids are much smaller and often not noticeable to others. The technology has improved considerably, and they are easier to adjust and change batteries.
For seniors in long-term care, if a patient appears withdrawn or incommunicative, hearing should definitely be tested. It is easy to shut out the outside world if you cannot hear what is happening around you. Normally, hearing declines slowly, so the same hearing aid can be used for a long time and would not have to be changed as often as eyeglasses, for example.
If you are one of our residents in our new state-of-the-art senior community in Duncan, BC, and you are concerned about your hearing, talk to us, and we will help you get your hearing tested. We are conveniently located about halfway between Nanaimo and Victoria on Vancouver Island.
The Hamlets at Duncan is a brand-new, assisted-living and complex-care senior community in Duncan, BC, on Vancouver Island. Guided by the tenets of Christian faith, and with a stellar staff and multiple amenities, The Hamlets at Duncan, is the premier senior-living choice for the area.
If you have any questions about this article or would like further information about The Hamlets at Duncan, please call us at (250) 597-7995.