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Elderly Hearing Loss

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Elderly hearing loss is a problem that needs to be understood by the general community. In other words, it is an “invisible” disability that can be misinterpreted as arrogant behavior, reluctance to communicate, failure to respond promptly when necessary.

Due to this nature of Elderly hearing loss, hearing loss garners less sympathy from the community than loss of vision. Moreover, elderly hearing loss is the hearing loss which affects the daily lives of elderly people and has an impact on others around them.

This is a problem of Elderly hearing loss needs to be addressed quickly and not allowed to linger on. Hearing tests should be done on a regular basis so that a doctor can ascertain whether or not the patient is losing their hearing and then seek remedies. Today we have the technology, e.g. cochlear implants or the bionic ear, to combat this problem, restoring most of the hearing in the Elderly hearing loss sufferer.

However, if an elderly person is not diagnosed quickly, he/she may be overlooked and suffer serious consequences of bad hearing. Such consequences vary from inability to access telephones, misinterpretation of the spoken language, inability or reluctance - due to personal embarrassment - to participate in community activities.

Also, in order to minimize this Elderly hearing loss problem, lifestyles must be altered at a younger age, for example, avoiding exposure to loud music and other sounds that have a detrimental effect on your hearing.

Within this context, repetitive exposure to loud noise even at workplaces is to be avoided, and ergonomic measures and workplace compensation policies are taken into account to ensure good quality of life when the employee retires.

As the saying goes, “Prevention is the best remedy”, a step in time can certainly save nine. Methods of prevention can come in the form of nutritional supplements such as vitamin D, iodine, magnesium and calcium that inhibit pore growth in the cochlea. Exposure to sunlight can also enhance the availability of vitamin D, thus contributing to the hearing quality of our elders.

Furthermore, consultation with a medical practitioner regarding the elderly patient's personal health can reveal underlying factors that trigger hearing loss - such as the use of anticonvulsants that reduce the amounts of vitamin D, hereditary makeup like genetic trends amongst siblings and children, smoking, other medical problems, e.g. diabetes.

This hearing loss can almost be eliminated if acted on promptly and quickly. As mentioned above, employment of medical devices dealing with the problem and intake of supplements help alleviate and, even, eradicate the symptoms.

Qualified nurses and care takers should also be trained and alerted to the possibility that their patients may be suffering from hearing loss and act quickly to have them checked and give hearing aids to enhance their quality of life.

Training should come in the form of utilization of hearing aid technology, facilitation with communication issues, administration of medication, etc.

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