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Here at Hidden Hearing, we know that many people are reluctant to seek help for their hearing loss. However, untreated hearing loss can lead to many other conditions such as dementia and depression, and it is very important to see an experienced audiologist as soon as possible if you or a loved one experience this problem.
It can be very difficult to see your parents ageing, especially if they are struggling to live independently or are experiencing hearing loss. However, it is very important to talk to your parents if you are concerned about their hearing, and to encourage them to seek help quickly to avoid further deterioration to the hearing as well as other health problems.
What To Do If A Parent Has Hearing Loss
If one of your parents is developing hearing loss, you may be able to help in several ways. It can be hard to take a caring role for your own parents, but the following guidelines may help to make the process easier for you:
1. Talk about the problem. If you have noticed that one of your parents appears to be developing hearing loss, you should talk to them about this and encourage them to book a free hearing test. This can be very difficult, as so many older people put off seeking support for hearing loss due to worries about wearing hearing aids, but knowing that they have your support can help to make this easier for your parents.
2. Offer your support. Show your parents that you are on hand to help with the process of seeking help with hearing loss by offering to book and attend a hearing test with them, and supporting them throughout aftercare appointments. Find out about the options available to them so that you can share your information with them and help to reduce stress so that they can make the best decisions for themselves.
3. Focus on the positives. If your parents are reluctant to see an audiologist, it may help to focus on the benefits that hearing aids could bring to their lives. Mentioning the positive effects this could have on their social lives and their relationships with family members can be very useful, as well as reminding them of how much they might enjoy hearing music or television audio clearly once again.
4. Help them adjust to life with hearing aids. Living with hearing aids often requires a period of adjustment, and you can be very helpful to your parents during this phase. Helping them to understand how their hearing aids work and how to handle them with confidence can be very important, as well as getting used to different environments and talking to others about their condition.
Book a Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. If you are concerned about your hearing, contact us as soon as possible to book a free hearing test with our audiologists. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.