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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 They may seem withdrawn or frustrated … having to repeatedly ask people to talk clearer or louder.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.

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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.

I have a problem hearing over the telephone.

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I have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time.

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I have trouble understanding things on TV.

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I have to strain to understand conversations.

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I have to worry about missing a telephone ring or doorbell.

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I have trouble hearing conversations in a noisy background such as a crowded room or restaurant.

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I get confused about where sounds come from.

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I misunderstand some words in a sentence and need to ask people to repeat themselves.

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I have trouble understanding the speech of women and children.

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I have trouble understanding the speaker in a large room such as a meeting or place of worship.

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Many people I talk to seem to mumble (or don't speak clearly).

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People get annoyed because I misunderstand what they say.

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I misunderstand what others are saying and make inappropriate responses.

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I avoid social activities because I cannot hear well and fear I will reply improperly.

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Family members and friends have told me they think I may have hearing loss.

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Common questions at this point

Some questions we are commonly asked at this point are addressed below. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have further questions.

REFERENCES

1. Livingston G, Sommerlad A, Orgeta V, Costafreda S, Huntley J, Mukadam N, et al. The Lancet Commissions: Dementia prevention, intervention, and care.
The Lancet [serial on the Internet]. (2017, Dec 16); 3902673-2734.

2. Hsu W, Hsu C, Wen M, Lin H, Tsai H, Hsu Y, et al. Increased risk of depression in patients with acquired sensory hearing loss: A 12-year follow-up study.
Medicine [serial on the Internet]. (2016, Nov); 95(44): e5312.

3. Barnett S. A hearing problem. American Family Physician [serial on the Internet]. (2002, Sep 1); 66(5): 911.
5. 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.

4. The State of Hearing Report, conducted by Edelman for Cochlear, December 2018