Recognising hearing loss in someone you love
Do you have a family member that is being left out of conversations because of their hearing loss? When you meet with family or friends, perhaps your parent or spouse doesn’t join in as much as they used to. They may seem withdrawn or frustrated … having to repeatedly ask people to talk clearer or louder.
These may be normal reactions to the feeling of isolation caused by hearing loss.
How hearing loss affects health
Did you know that, if left untreated, hearing loss is associated with other health issues, such as cognitive decline1, depression2-3and falls5. That is why it is so important that you don’t ignore or dismiss hearing loss in someone that is close to you.
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Some common signs of hearing loss in adults:
- Difficulty hearing over the telephone or reluctance to use the telephone
- Finding it hard to follow a conversation with more than one person
- Turning the TV volume up higher than other people in the room prefer
- Relying on lip reading, especially in noisy environments
For most people, hearing naturally declines with age and often very gradually so that it is often more noticeable to family and friends than to the person who is affected. The question is, what can you do to help?
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When to consider a hearing implant for your loved one
Does your family member complain about their hearing aids? Maybe they don’t work as well as they used to? If someone you care about tells you they cannot hear clearly even with their hearing aids, it’s time to think about different options. A hearing implant could be the right solution.
How to help a loved one with hearing loss
Ask them to take the hearing quiz below and talk to their doctor or audiologist to find out if a hearing implant could be the right solution for them.
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- The State of Hearing Report, conducted by Edelman for Cochlear, December 2018
- Stam M, Kostense P, Lemke U, Merkus P, Smit J, Kramer S, et al. Comorbidity in adults with hearing difficulties: which chronic medical conditions are related to hearing impairment? International Journal Of Audiology [serial on the Internet]. (2014, June); 53(6): 392-401.