As our parents age, we naturally start to worry about their health. Hearing loss is one area that sometimes gets overlooked. Yet hearing loss affects nearly one in three adults over 65 years old. Recognizing the signs of hearing loss, the effects of hearing loss and the options available for treating hearing loss can help significantly improve the quality of life for your parents.
Hearing loss can be caused by genetics, noise exposure, and aging. Signs of hearing loss include turning the TV up, speaking loudly, asking for repeats during conversations, smiling during a conversation but never contributing, and avoiding noisy environments or social situations.
The effects of hearing loss go beyond missing out on conversations. Social isolation, depression and dementia are also associated with untreated hearing loss. According to a 2020 report of the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care, people with untreated hearing loss have a 90% higher rate of dementia than others in their age group.
Diagnosing and treating hearing loss has never been easier. Many options are available to treat hearing loss - a wide range of technology and prices means there is something for everyone! Hearing aids, TV and phone accessories are just some of the many options available.
Encourage your parents to enjoy life to the fullest! Treating any hearing loss is simple and important, not only for communicating with their loved ones but for preserving their quality of life!