Hearing loss is often part of the natural aging process, but it can be frustrating and problematic for seniors to deal with. If your elderly loved one is experiencing any loss in hearing, you can still communicate effectively with some understanding and patience. Try a few of these tips, suggested by the staff at Home Care Assistance Westfield.
Keep Phone Ringer on High
Missing phone calls is not uncommon for many older adults with hearing impairments. Staying connected, however, is essential for their wellbeing, and not hearing the phone ring can even become a safety issue if the call is an emergency. Turn up the volume on your loved one’s ringer and make sure the phone is within his or her reach at all times.
Use Pauses During Conversations
Speaking at a reasonable cadence with pauses between phrases and sentences can help a hearing-impaired senior distinguish words more easily. Waiting to make sure the senior understands what is being said before continuing to speak is also recommended.
Eliminate Background Noises
Many hearing-impaired individuals experience difficulty with background noise because the neurons in the inner ear must work harder. When talking to older adults with hearing problems, turn down the music and television so the information will be heard.
Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle
Physical activity increases blood flow through the head and body, and cardiovascular fitness has been shown to limit hearing sensitivity and help stop hearing loss in seniors. A regular exercise program can lead to greater neural integrity in the outer hair cells of the cochlea, ensuring there is an ample supply of oxygen-rich blood heading to the surrounding ear organs.
Many seniors experiencing hearing loss face additional health challenges that prevent them from accomplishing once-familiar tasks. If your loved one needs help with exercise or medication reminder, for instance, give Home Care Assistance a call. We offer hourly and 24/7 live-in care in Westfield, and all of our caregivers are trained in the Balanced Care Method, a program focused on excellent physical health, mental wellness, and inner calm. All of our senior care services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we’ll never ask you to sign a long-term contract. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call one of our qualified Care Managers at 908.450.9400.