Did you know that hearing loss the third most commonly reported problem among senior adults? Over seven million Canadians are affected by hearing loss, and with the number of seniors in the country continuing to grow, more and more older adults are being forced to cope with diminished hearing. Does your aging parent or loved one have trouble hearing? Home Care Assistance of Toronto explores some of the main reasons for hearing loss among seniors and how families can move forward to ensure quality care.
Possible Causes of Senior Hearing Loss
Although doctors do not fully understand why our hearing changes as we age, there are several theories as to why this happens:
- -Genetics – Hearing loss seems to run in families. If only one person in the family has a hearing problem, it is not considered genetic; however, if more than one family member suffers from hearing loss, doctors generally agree that it is a genetic predisposition.
- Exposure to Loud Noises – Excessive loud noise over the years is also one of the top possible reasons for why hearing decrease with age. For instance, those who have been musicians, worked in airports and performed construction are at a higher risk for hearing loss as the result of being exposed to years of intense noise.
- Medical Complications – Infections, strokes, heart problems, head injuries and even some medications have been noted as the cause for hearing loss. Seniors who are experiencing changes in their hearing should consult with a doctor for a general overview of past or ongoing medical problems and medications to see if either may be an underlying cause.
Effects of Hearing Loss on Senior Wellbeing
Loss of hearing is often linked with social withdrawal among senior adults. When a senior is unable to hear clearly or as well as they used to, they can feel cut off from family and close friends. While early reactions to this are frustration and anger, over time, not being able to engage with others can lead to social, emotional and behavioral issues such as depression. If you find that you and your loved one are arguing more or that they become angered more easily, schedule an appointment with their doctor to see if hearing loss is a problem. With today’s advancements in technology, hearing aids and assisted hearing devices can help restore a senior’s ability to hear as well as their confidence and wellbeing.
Think hearing loss is impacting your loved one’s ability to live safely at home? Perhaps another ailment has you concerned? Whatever the reason, contact Home Care Assistance of Toronto for information about senior safety. We are a leading provider of live-in and hourly home care in Toronto and have a team of highly trained caregivers who can assist with a variety of daily activities, ensuring safety at all times. Call 416-488-8777 to speak with a Care Manager and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation today.