If you’re 65 or older, it’s common to have trouble hearing. As you age, gradual changes occur in your auditory pathways that can affect hearing and speech understanding. Presbycusis is the medical term used for age-related hearing loss. The strong correlation between hearing loss and age can be frustrating for many but working with an audiologist can be extremely helpful in allowing you to continue to enjoy a normal life.
Denial in the First Stages of Hearing Loss
At first, you may have a hard time admitting that you’re having trouble hearing. Many people try to convince themselves that everyone else is simply not speaking loudly enough or clearly enough, but the truth is that the longer you deny having hearing loss, the longer it can inhibit your ability to understand and communicate with friends and family members. If you notice that things don’t sound as clearly as they used to, make an appointment with an audiologist to prevent the social and emotional problems hearing loss can cause.
Hearing Aids Can Allow You to Live a Normal Life After Hearing Loss
After conducting a hearing test and thorough exam, your audiologist may find that you can benefit from hearing aids and will suggest a type and size that’s best for you. It will be an adjustment to wear aids, but the truth is that hearing loss and age is an issue that many older adults deal with, and you are not alone. With the appropriate assistive technology, you can continue to enjoy the wonderful sounds of life you always have.
Other Ways to Improve Communication with Loved Ones
In addition to using hearing aids, you should make sure to let people know when you’re having trouble understanding them so they can get closer or talk more slowly. Remember, your loved ones want to communicate with you just as much as you want to communicate with them!
If you’re a family member or friend of someone who’s dealing with hearing loss at an older age, you can help in the following ways:
- Encourage him or her to seek professional treatment with an audiologist.
- Avoid shouting, since it makes it harder for the person to understand you.
- Keep a clear visual path between your lips and the person who’s hard of hearing so they can watch you speak.
- Talk in quieter places.
A Qualified Sound Health Audiologist Can Provide Hearing Loss Treatment That’s Right for You
Our team of audiologists works closely with specially trained ENT physicians to determine the cause of your loss and to devise the best plan of action to improve your hearing. When you visit a Sound Health office, you’ll leave with the ability to better communicate with your loved ones so you can enjoy life as you always have. Call us at (314) 729-0077 to make an appointment today.