Loved ones who suffer from hearing loss often feel insecure. Many patients have expressed feeling uncomfortable in social settings when they ask others to repeat themselves. Some have even said they feel stupid when they answer a question incorrectly or don’t understand where the conversation is going. Stress and anxiety are prevalent in the lives of those learning to cope with hearing loss.
When you have a loved one with hearing loss, it can be difficult to know how to help them. Today we are sharing some different ways to help a loved one with hearing loss. Implementing some of these ideas help provide loved ones with a vibrant and engaged life.
Encourage Wearing NeuroTechnology: NeuroTechnology, the advanced hearing device technology that takes a brain-first approach in hearing, helps individuals with hearing loss find hearing articulation in all situations instead of just amplified sounds. Wearing a NeuroTechnology hearing device on a daily basis has many benefits. These hearing devices are designed to improve cognitive function and provide clarity even in noisy situations. Those who consistently wear NeuroTechnology may even decrease their risk of developing dementia. In addition, wearing NeuroTechnology can also help treat the ringing associated with Tinnitus.
Talk Clearly: When having a conversation with someone who has hearing loss be sure to talk clearly and make eye contact. Ask questions and be engaged. Be willing to repeat yourself if necessary.
Encourage Social Interaction: AARP is calling Social Isolation a growing epidemic among seniors. Hearing loss leaves individuals feeling isolated from the world around them. This leads to depression and an increase of anxiety during social activities. Help loved ones with hearing loss remain social by encouraging daily interaction with others. Help resolve any fears they may have regarding social situations so they feel comfortable in basic social settings.
Acknowledge Needs: If necessary, sit down and talk about specific needs your loved one may have. Hearing loss tends to make individuals feel as if they can’t speak out. They may be embarrassed or even discouraged about some of their needs.
Be Patient & Positive: Always be encouraging. It is easy to become stressed and isolated with hearing loss. Be patient and optimistic about social gatherings, an active lifestyle and healthy living. Encourage your loved one to continue doing the things they love most and if possible, participate in those activities with them. Help them understand that hearing loss does not mean a poor quality of life!
Quiet Atmosphere: If a loved one is feeling overwhelmed in a noisy environment, help them find a quiet place to relax and let their ears rest. Just like your body gets tired after a busy day, the brain becomes exhausted when overstimulated with sound. Having a quiet space to go allows the brain and ears to rest and rejuvenate.
Hearing loss does not have to be devastating. By encouraging those with hearing loss to wear NeuroTechnology, engage in social interactions and have a positive outlook on life, your loved ones will live a happy and wonderful life.