Older People Pretend to Hear
Senior Hearing Loss (Deafness)
By age 85, more than half of us will have some hearing loss. People with hearing loss find it difficult to talk with friends and family because they have difficulty understanding what others say. They also have trouble hearing doorbells and alarms.
The greatest affects of hearing loss in seniors are depression and withdrawal. The frustration over communication can lead to discouragement and embarrassment.
The National Institute on Deafness has an excellent overview including videos. This site is very easy to use. >>More
Sensory Change and Loss is Difficult
Loss of hearing or vision is a true loss and those who experience it will have a variety of reactions including grief. In her document, "Sensory Changes in Later Life," Vicki Schmall says, "Misunderstood conversations can lead to suspiciousness, paranoia, disagreements, and alienation from family and friends. Older people who try to cope by responding to what they think is said may be viewed as cognitively impaired, rather than hearing impaired." Her helpful document can be downloaded here. >>Download
A Self-Quiz for Hearing
The Better Hearing Organization offers a self-quiz for hearing loss. Take the test and answer honestly so you will know! It is absolutely confidential. >>More
Ringing in the ear, or Tinnitus, is described as a "bedevilment" Many older adults have it and Tinnitus presents itself in several different ways; loudly, softly, and sometimes. The American Tinnitus Association has a helpful overview. >>More
Coping With Hearing Loss
If you have hearing loss, you may need help coping with this change. Hear-it Organization has some articles worth reading. >>More