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The Importance of Nova Scotia Seniors Getting their Hearing Checked

Posted May 22, 2016

Hearing-Ear-Say what??

Ok…. you arrive home from work and as soon as you step out of the car, you can hear the TV blaring. Neighbourhood dogs are barking, no natural bird sounds coming from the trees and your cat is cowering in the flower garden.

Dad, has the television speakers booming because it is the only way he can hear what is going on. You have tried to have the discussion about getting his hearing checked and the response (usually shouted so he can hear it) is “There’s nothing wrong with my hearing!”. He doesn’t know what he’s missing and of course, if this goes on, you will have hearing problems of your own.

Forty Percent of our aging population are hard of hearing and obviously, Dad’s in denial. Get him to the ENT (Ears, Nose and Throat) doctor.

The list of questions you need is as follows:

  • What is and what caused the diagnosis?
  • Is it progressive and/or can I prevent further loss?
  • Are there any treatments and or medications required?
  • Is surgery an option down the road?
  • What can I do to maximize the hearing I have left?
  • What lifestyle changes will be required, if any?

The Doctor will:

  • Explain what tests were done.
  • Explain the severity of the hearing loss
  • Explain the diagnosis and what it means for Dad
  • Should give you a hard copy of the diagnosis and audiogram
  • Explain any possible medical treatment and their side effects
  • If loss is severe enough to require amplification, he/she will refer you to an Audiologist or Hearing Aid Center for hearing aid selection and aural rehabilitation, if required.

Obviously, it would be better if you went with Dad and took notes – just in case he missed something in the ENT interview. Though, don’t forget to ask for the written copy of the diagnosis and any pertinent details you may need for assistive devices.

If you can’t go with him, Always Home Homecare, performing homecare in Nova Scotia for our seniors since 2005, can arrange one of their caregivers to go with him and make sure the questions are asked.

Once Dad has heard what he has been missing, he’ll turn down the TV and be less irascible and frustrated. The cat can come back inside, the birdsong will return to the trees and the dogs will sleep peacefully on their porches.

A good deal for everyone – especially Dad!