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Five Tips to Make Communicating Easier if Your Senior Has Hearing Loss

By Ketan Shah

Hearing loss can be a big deal for your aging adult. How you and she communicate is important, too. If you're trying the wrong things, you're both more likely to end up frustrated and that doesn't do either of you any good.

Hearing Aids Are a Tool

If your aging adult already uses a hearing aid, you both might feel as if that should take care of the majority of the problem. The problem is that hearing aids are just a tool. They don't always work perfectly and they don't correct every aspect of your senior's hearing loss. In fact, some hearing aids may distort what your senior hears.

Resist the Urge to Shout

This is also why you should resist any urge you have to shout or to speak much louder to your senior. While a little boost in volume can help a little bit, when you start to shout your voice and the words you're speaking become distorted. This just makes the problem worse instead of better. Ultimately, you and your senior will both end up frustrated rather than better able to communicate.

Communicate Face-to-face Whenever Possible

Hearing loss means that your senior may not be able to make out what you're saying without other context clues. Watching your lips move, seeing the hand motions you're using, and reading other body language is all important. That's why it's a good idea to communicate face-to-face with your senior as often as you possibly can.

Background Noise Can Make Communication More Difficult

You probably already know that background noise can interfere with your conversation, but it's not just the television or radio. Sometimes other sounds, such as a loud fan or even an air conditioner can create a hindrance. You might need to turn some of those background noises off or down temporarily while you're trying to talk.

Take Your Time

Don't rush the conversation. The faster you're trying to talk, the more difficult it's going to be for your elderly family member to keep up and to understand what you're trying to say. Speak clearly and slowly without trying to go too slowly. Seek out a happy medium.

Home care providers can help you and your aging adult learn how to communicate with each other with less frustration. They've got a good bit of experience helping aging family members compensate for their hearing issues, which can help your senior to feel better able to be understood.

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