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Sounds of Silence – Seniors Get Left Out Because Of Hearing Problems

About one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing problems. About half the people who are 85 and older have hearing loss. Whether a hearing loss is minimal or severe, left untreated, problems can get worse. The National Institute on Aging indicates hearing loss is the third most prevalent treatable health condition often associated with aging, after arthritis and hypertension. A hearing aid can help ninety-five percent of older adults with hearing problems. Only 22 percent of older adults who need aids have them.

Hearing loss can affect your life in many ways. You may miss out on chats with friends and family. On the telephone, you may find it hard to hear what the caller is saying. At the doctor’s office, you may not catch critical information. It’s easy to withdraw when you can’t follow a conversation. It is also easy for friends and family to think you are confused, uncaring, or difficult, when the problem may be that you just can’t hear well. Attempts to communicate are fraught with irritability and disconnect.

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Seeing a doctor is the first step in dealing with a hearing problem. Your physician’s referral to a specialist who can determine the extent of hearing loss and prescribe various options for improvement such as hearing aids, special training, medicines or surgery is usually the next step.
There are other “hearing aids” you might consider. There are listening systems to help you enjoy television or radio without being bothered by other sounds around you. Some hearing aids can be plugged directly into TVs, music players, microphones, and personal FM systems to help you hear well.

Some telephones work with certain hearing aids to make sounds louder and remove background noise. Some auditoriums, movie theaters, and other public places are equipped with special sound systems that send sounds directly to your ears. Alerts such as doorbells, smoke detectors, and alarm clocks can give you a signal that you can see or a vibration that you can feel. For example, a flashing light can let you know someone is at the door or on the phone.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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