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Ears

If Only They Would Stop Mumbling ...

Do you suspect hearing loss? Tell the doctor.

Too often, people must drop out of conversations, and much of life, when they become hard-of-hearing. They become withdrawn, alone, perhaps lonely.

Ask the GP to check for wax build-up. Some people produce more wax than others.

Here it comes, just as summer follows spring:

"I can hear just fine! People should stop mumbling."

Meanwhile, you're yelling to compensate and make it easy for Dad.

Try speaking in the normal natural tone you'd use to a friend.

"Hunh? Why don't you speak clearly?"

Strangely, some people are comfortable asking for help with failing eyesight, but resist the same help for hearing loss.

Audiologists

Most companies that sell hearing aids will give free, no-obligation hearing tests. They are in business to sell hearing aids.

Audiologists have special training and sophisticated equipment to assess hearing loss and make recommendations for aids if they believe they will improve hearing. They are the professionals.

Many medical plans cover all or a portion of the cost of hearing aids.

Check-ups for Hearing Aids

When hearing aids become part of the picture, remember that the batteries should be checked frequently.

In the "Did you know?" category:

Any change in weight can cause a change in the fit of a hearing aid. Make a point of visiting the audiologist or hearing aid provider twice a year for a check-up. A tiny speck of wax can distort the functions, too. Easy fixes make for better hearing.

Ask the hearing aid company to call every 6 months to make an appointment. They do this willingly. It's one less thing for you to remember.

A Giggle for you

An elderly gentleman had serious hearing loss for a number of years.

He went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a set of hearing aids that allowed the gentleman to hear 100 percent.

The elderly gentleman went back in a month to the doctor who said, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again."

The gentleman replied, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to the conversations.

I've changed my will three times!"

Giggle #2

Man says to friend: I have just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me $4000.

Friend: What kind is it?

Man: 12:30.