The Typical Deaf Old Person
Uncle Ned can always be counted on to contribute something totally unrelated to the conversation, and most attribute it to senility. If not that, he just nods and smiles. Grandma has the talent of hearing only what she likes. No one else gets to talk once Aunt Clara gets started. Familiar with these situations? There are other causes besides senility for these frustrating situations. These circumstances may be attributed to loss of hearing, according to audiologists. Audiologists, people trained to evaluate hearing defects and counsel clients with hearing loss, work with many elderly clients.
People with hearing problems are given more grief by crowds, background noise, and poor acoustics. A few things could make situations worse for them, including falling ill, being tired, and being unable to see the speaker. They may be able to hear soft speech but not distinguish other sounds. In other words, he may hear sound, but it may be incomprehensible.
A hearing aid evaluation is conducted after the audiologist determines whether a client would benefit from a hearing aid. Through this exercise, clients try on different brands and models. Experts used to say that nothing could be done for those with nerve damage, which is the usual case for the elderly. The development of hearing aid technology has enabled even those with nerve damage to recover.
Some seniors refuse to believe that hearing aids would work for them, in spite of evidence to the contrary. Others do not want to call attention to their hearing problems with a visible device.
Hearing aids may be beyond the reach of some. Hearing aids start at $300, unclaimable through Medicare or health insurance. Help is available, however, through a private, national lease plan, in which clients pay $15 monthly towards full purchase while using the device. Clients need counseling in regard to hearing aids in order to help them re-adjust to sounds in the real world, a job performed by audiologists.
Clients should be informed that previous levels of hearing are not restored with hearing aids. Counseling and information sessions are two of the services offered by the Center for Audiology.
Communication can be handled with ease as long as families and clients comply with the following. When speaking to someone with a hearing aid, try not to shout. When one shouts, the hearing aid further raises the volume, causing pain. There is no shame in wearing a hearing aid. Rather than be embarrassed about it, hearing aid wearers should enjoy a sound-filled life.