Hearing loss is a common problem caused by aging, disease, noise, and heredity. People with hearing loss find it hard to have a conversation with family and friends. They also may have problems understanding a doctor’s advice, responding to warnings, or hearing a doorbell. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 36 million Americans have hearing loss – this includes 17% of the adult population.
The NIDCD says one third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic health condition facing older adults. And many of those individuals may not want to admit they have trouble hearing. How can we improve communication with a loved one who has hearing loss?
Many difficulties involved in communicating with a loved one who has hearing loss can be resolved with a few simple communication tips.
• Get the person’s attention before addressing
• Be sure the person can see your face
• Speak slowly, clearly, and simply
• Rephrase rather than repeat.
Age-Related Hearing Loss. [Internet]. NIDCD.NIH.gov. [cited 2021 Aug 24]. Available from: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/age-related-hearing-loss
Hearing Loss: A common problem for older adults. [Internet]. NIA.NIH.gov. [cited 2021 Aug 25.] Available from: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/hearing-loss-common-problem-older-adults