When you are the caregiver for a loved one who has hearing loss, it can be difficult to understand what they are going through. Being a caregiver for someone with hearing loss is more than just making sure they keep up with their audiology appointments and hearing aids. Here are some tips for caregivers to better help their loved ones who are dealing with hearing loss. We hope these tips help you understand and better care for your loved one who might be having a difficult time adjusting to hearing loss.
Warning Signs That Your Loved Ones Might Be Having Trouble Adjusting to Hearing Loss
Hearing loss might be making your loved one feel alienated. Even though it is hard to understand what someone else is experiencing, just giving some extra love and care can go a long way towards helping your loved one adjust. You should pay close attention to their actions and behaviors and look for these warning signs that they might be having difficulties adjusting to life with hearing loss:
- Change in weight
- Not acting like themselves
- Declining invitations to family get togethers
- Withdrawing from conversation or monopolizing conversations
- Communications start to break down
Prevent a Communications Break Down
It can be common for communications start to break down between you and your loved one with hearing loss, but they can be improved with some simple tips:
- Make sure to face the person when you are talking.
- Make eye contact.
- Speak clearly and at a normal level that is not too loud or too soft.
- Try not to speak too fast or too slow.
- Try to avoid noisy rooms when having a conversation.
- Don’t hide your mouth and use facial expressions and gestures to help infer your meaning.
- Don’t assume your loved one can’t hear you and speak about them as if they aren’t there.
- Carry a pen and notepad if that helps you communicate better.
- Ask your loved one how you can best help them.
- Be patient and stay positive.
Hearing Solutions, Inc. Protecting Your Hearing and Helping with Hearing Loss
At Hearing Solutions, Inc., we are here to help you and your loved ones deal with hearing loss. The holidays can be a difficult time without the support and love of friends and family. If you or anyone you know is struggling with hearing loss during the holidays or anytime, please contact us at Hearing Solutions, Inc. to schedule an appointment.