How to Tell if Your Parent is Hard of Hearing

How to Tell if Your Parent is Hard of Hearing

Many people lose hearing as they get older. It typically happens very gradually. Because it comes on slowly, your elderly parent may not even realize they are having trouble hearing, so they won’t tell you about it or seek help. Because you cannot know what things sound like to them, it can sometimes be hard to determine if your parent is hard of hearing.

Knowing what to watch for can help you to determine when it may be time for them to get a hearing aid. Below are some common signs that an older adult is experiencing hearing loss.

They Turn the Television Up Too Loud

Older adults who are suffering from hearing loss often turn the television up louder and louder. At times, it can be so loud that it is irritating to others. If you’re having to shout over the sound of the television your parent is watching to be heard by others, chances are they don’t hear well.

Trouble Hearing on the Phone

When you talk to your parent on the phone, do they complain that they cannot hear you or mistake what you are saying? Having difficulty hearing phone conversations can cause seniors to stop answering the phone or avoid calling people they used to spend time chatting with.

Withdrawing from Friends and Family

People who cannot hear well may avoid conversations with friends and family because they fear being embarrassed by not understanding what is being said. They may also find conversations too frustrating.

Complaining That Others Mumble

Your parent may complain that you or other people mumble when they speak. This can be especially common when women or children are speaking since higher frequencies can be harder to hear.

Responding in Unexpected Ways

Hearing loss can make your parent misunderstand what other people are saying. As a result, they might respond to a question in a way that doesn’t seem to make sense.
If your aging parent is hard of hearing, elderly care can help them to manage the problem. An elderly care provider can remind visitors to use strategies that make it easier for the senior to communicate, such as facing the senior so they can see the speaker’s lips. Elderly care providers can also assist with caring for the older adult’s hearing aid, such as by cleaning it at night and changing the batteries. Elderly care providers can also answer the phone for the senior and relay messages to them.
If you, or an aging loved-one, are considering hiring Home Health Care in Carmel Valley, CA, or the Surrounding San Diego Area, please contact the caring staff at GoldenCare today.
Call us at (760) 828-5201 today.

Related Articles

emergency checklist for seniors

Emergency Checklist for Seniors and Caregivers

When it comes to emergencies, we need to exercise a little more preparation and care to keep an aging loved one safe and comfortable.    Emergencies can come in the form of an unexpected disaster that calls for evacuation, or it can be a fall or accident that requires immediate …

Read More
keeping senior parents with Alzheimer’s occupied

6 Fun Activities for Keeping Senior Parents with Alzheimer’s Engaged ​​

Keeping a parent with Alzheimer’s stimulated goes a long way in maintaining a good quality of life. Studies have shown that keeping seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia engaged leads to increased positive emotions, improved overall quality of life, a better attitude toward the disease, and a decrease in problem behaviors.  …

Read More

San Diego's Trusted Choice For In-Home Care

If you or a loved one is ready to take the next steps to learn more about in-home care services, schedule an in-home consultation.

We're hiring

If you are passionate about providing loving and caring
services for seniors, we want to talk to you!