We hear that expression quite often when we’re in the company of the elderly. Not being able to hear clearly or at all and difficult for the individual who is asking a question or making a statement.
Most older people who experience loss have a combination of both related hearing loss and noise-induced hearing loss. Conditions that are more common to older people, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, can contribute to hearing loss.
Your friends and family may be able to help you if they follow these simple suggestions:
Tell your friends and family about your hearing loss. The more friends and family you tell the
more people there will be to help you cope with your hearing loss.
Ask your friends and family to face you when they talk so that you can see their faces. If you watch their faces more and see their expressions, it may help you to understand them better.
Ask people to speak louder, but not shout., Tell them they do not have to talk slowly, just more clearly.
Turn off the TV or the radio when you aren’t actively listening to it.
Be aware of noise around you that can make hearing more difficult. When you go to a restaurant, for example, don’t sit near the kitchen or near a band playing music. Background noise makes it hard to hear people talk.
Working together to hear better may be tough on everyone for a while. It will take time for you to get used to watching people as they talk and for people to get used to speaking louder and more clearly. Be patient and continue to work together. Hearing better is worth the effort.
Portions of this article were contributed by the National Institute on Deafness- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.