Sunday, January 15, 2006

hearing

Approximately one-third of the people over the age of 60 show some signs of hearing loss.
There are various types of hearing aids that are available. It should be impressed upon the individual with the hearing loss that too much hearing-aid volume can do further damage to his or her ears. Hearing aids also permit the individual to treat the world as a television, turning off the commercials and anything else he or she does not want to hear.
The individual who has a hearing loss should make that fact known to the person that he or she is speaking to. It is dangerous for the individual to pretend that he or she has heard when this is not the case. Ask people to repeat their statements or have a companion who knows the problem quickly repeat the statements. Individuals who do not hear well may find that by initiating conversation all the key words will be familiar and easier to understand.
See also HEARING AIDS; HEARING REHABILITATION, PRESBYCUSIS.
Steinberg, F.U. Care of the Geriatric Patient, 6th ed. St. Louis: C. V. Mosby Co., 1983.

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