Chances are you know someone who is having trouble hearing. Experts estimate one in ten people have some form of hearing loss. The number increases to one in three for people older than 65. And when that someone is a member of your family, they aren’t the only one suffering.
A new guide, Hearing and Your Loved Ones: the Comprehensive Guide to Healthy Hearing, is available as a free download from HealthyHealing.com. The 12-page document helps you understand the symptoms and obstacles associated with hearing loss and gives you tips and suggestions for communicating with those who aren’t hearing well.
Experts agree that family members and significant others are an important key in encouraging individuals with untreated hearing loss to seek help. This condition can lead to other medical issues, such as depression and anxiety, which affects both the individual and their family members.
There are many types of hearing loss. Some people only have a slight problem understanding the spoken word when there are competing noises; others are completely unable to hear conversations or important safety signals. The ‘Symptoms of Hearing Loss’ section helps you understand the different types of hearing loss and the unique ways this medical issue may affect your loved one’s behavior.
The guide explains why sound frequency, lip reading and contextual clues in the conversation may give the illusion your loved one is hearing everything you say at times – and nothing you say at other times.
Links are provided to direct readers to more information on hearing loss and the causes of hearing loss, located on the HealthyHearing.com website.
It’s hard to believe, but less than half of all people who need hearing aids actually have them. In the section on ‘Obstacles,’ you’ll read what these barriers are, why they exist, and how you can overcome them. Information includes how to recognize the hearing problem, why denial is a common reaction to this stressful medical situations and how to be supportive of a loved one whom you suspect has untreated hearing loss.
Information about noise-induced hearing loss is available from the House Research Institute Newsroom when you click on the “recognizing the hearing problem” link.
A helpful ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ section provides you with a useful checklist of tips for being supportive of individuals who have hearing loss. Suggestions such as, accompanying your loved one to doctor appointments and resisting the urge to be an interpreter are successful ideas for moving toward better quality of life for the entire family.
When you’re unable to rely on your hearing to understand daily conversations with friends and family, it’s easy to get discouraged and frustrated. In the ‘Tips for Better Communication’ section, the guide provides seven helpful ideas to use when talking to someone with untreated hearing loss.
Simple suggestions, such as making sure faces are brightly lit and saying things in a different way when you’re asked to repeat something can improve conversations and reduce the frustrations associated with this condition.
As with most medical conditions, early diagnosis and treatment is the key to a successful outcome. A link in the ‘Getting Help’ section of the guide leads you to HealthyHearing.com’s list of more than 4,700 independent hearing clinics, where you can select your state and view locations for qualified hearing professionals in your city or town.
To download this free guide, visit http://www.healthyhearing.com/free-guide/loved-one.
Want to know more? Look for the other free guides in the HealthyHearing.com series, including: Guide to Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss and Treatment, Understanding Your Audiogram and the Types of Hearing Loss and How Do We Hear?