If you have an older loved one in your care, then you want the best for their wellbeing. One big concern that comes with elderly health is hearing care. People naturally experience hearing loss as they age, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to help. Here are some ways that you can take care of your elderly loved one’s hearing health.
Visit the Audiologist
Whether your loved one has never had an audiology appointment or it has been several years, the best way to get an overall assessment of their hearing health is by seeing an audiologist. Your audiologist can tell you if they need a hearing aid device and which type would be best for them. Also, an audiologist will look at other factors, such as how hearing loss could affect other conditions that your loved one has or even if the side effects in certain medications might affect their hearing.
The world we live in can get pretty loud, which is why it’s good to be aware of the noise level around you. Make sure that the TV or radio isn’t playing too loudly and try to insulate the windows if there is a lot of noise going on outside, such as a lawnmower. The recommended noise limit is 85 decibels, which is slightly louder than the average vacuum cleaner.
It’s important to make sure that the ears stay clean to prevent infection. Cotton swabs have been dispelled as a preferred cleaning tool because they can be dangerous and potentially injure the inner ear. Instead, use a soft cloth. If you see signs of an ear infection in your loved one, then it’s best to call a doctor and nip it in the bud, since ear infections can contribute to hearing loss if left unchecked.
Contact Bay Area Audiology Today!
Ready to change the way you look at hearing loss? Our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Trisha A. Bents Muth, is exceptionally experienced in the art of audiology and is dedicated to providing the absolute best solutions. Bay Area Audiology has been working to give patients a comfortable environment, with thorough evaluations. We are independently owned, and unbiased when it comes to finding you the care you need.
You can always come into the office, or contact us in advance to set up an appointment. We also provide updates on our social media websites. You can check out our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest to keep up with Bay Area Audiology.
Don’t hesitate–we can help.