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What You Should Know About World Hearing Aid Awareness Week

By Ketan Shah

The body changes during the aging process, and with those changes often comes decreases in the acuity of the senses. For most elderly adults this includes hearing loss. Structural changes in the ear, exposure to high volumes, and trauma earlier in life can all lead to a senior not being able to hear as well as they once did. While this can make a negative impact on their quality of life, wearing a hearing aid can make a tremendous difference, helping them to maintain their function and their quality of life as they age in place.

September 24 through 30 is World Hearing Aid Awareness Week. This is the ideal time for you to learn more about hearing loss and how hearing aids can help your parent.

Some things that you should know about hearing loss and World Hearing Aid Awareness Week include:

• Approximately 48 million people throughout the United States are living with significant hearing loss
• Just 15 minutes a day of high noise levels can lead to permanent hearing loss
• Hearing aids can lead to dramatic differences in hearing for a large percentage of those with hearing loss
• Approximately 50 million people throughout the United States are living with ringing in the ears, or tinnitus
• 1 out of every 3 people over the age of 65 is currently living with hearing loss
• 2 out of every 3 people over the age of 75 is currently living with hearing loss
• Many of those dealing with hearing loss avoid seeking help because they are embarrassed or because they mistakenly believe that there is nothing that can be done to help them

Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them throughout the course of your caregiver journey. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that your loved one gets everything that they need to stay healthy, safe, comfortable, and happy as they age in place. Through a highly personalized set of services this care provider can help your parent to meet their individual needs, challenges, and limitations in the way that is right for them. These can include providing safe and reliable transportation, helping with taking care of the home, providing assistance with personal care tasks, helping with meal preparation and eating, and more. As a family caregiver this can give you tremendous peace of mind knowing that both when you are with your parent and when you are not, your senior is in the best hands.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Sunnyvale, CA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers today (408) 259-5930.