Some of the changes that your senior is dealing with are ones that you and she can tackle together. It might seem as if hearing loss doesn’t fit into that category, but there’s more that you can do for her as her caregiver than you might think as she deals with this new problem.
Learn as Much as You Can about Hearing
One step you might want to take as soon as possible is to learn as much as you can about how hearing works and what losing hearing is like. Doing a little bit of research helps you to understand what your elderly family member is going through. It also helps you to understand more about what she needs from you and you can help her in the best ways possible.
Help Her to Get to the Audiologist
If your elderly family member hasn’t been to the audiologist yet, she needs to go. Her regular doctor can test her hearing within certain limits, but to truly understand what she’s up against she needs the full testing available from an audiologist. Sometimes people resist going to an audiologist because they don’t want to hear bad news. If there’s nothing that can be done for your senior’s hearing, she might not be excited about hearing that. You’ll need to encourage her to go.
Learn about Her Hearing Aids
If she does get hearing aids, you need to know how to help your senior to take care of them, too. There may be times when her hearing aids don’t seem to work the way that they should, which can be incredibly frustrating for your senior. When you’re able to help her to troubleshoot them, you may be able to correct a situation before it becomes a huge problem.
Be There for Your Senior
One of the biggest things you can do for your senior as a caregiver is to just be there for her. Try to put yourself in her shoes and imagine how it would feel to suddenly feel cut off from the rest of the world. If your elderly family member seems to be a little touchier one day than she usually is, there may be a really good reason for that mood change.
Helping your elderly family member to deal with her hearing loss is definitely a process. Neither of you will get everything right every day, but you’re at least making the effort and that’s what really matters in the long run.