The obvious problem with hearing loss is that left untreated, it significantly reduces one’s ability to enjoy daily life- conversations with friends, watching television, listening to music. It can also be dangerous, reducing the ability to hear alarms and warning signals. The less obvious problems with hearing loss are actually more severe with consequences that can lead to declining health.
If any of the following signs or symptoms are exhibited by a senior that you spend time with, consider whether hearing loss may be playing a role.
Audiologists conduct hearing tests, and otolaryngologists- ear,nose,throat specialists-make sure that the hearing loss isn’t caused by a medical conditions ranging from infections to tumors. These conditions are treatable with antibiotics, surgery, and sometimes the removal of ear wax.
There are a range of treatments for hearing loss including hearing aids, directional microphones, phone filters remove background noise, cochlear and middle ear implants. There are also other devices that adapt daily activities: