Once you’ve finally convinced your elderly family member that it’s time for a hearing aid, you might find yourself frustrated again when you realize she’s not wearing it. So what gives? There may be some valid reasons why your elderly family member isn’t wearing her hearing aid as often as you thought she would.
She Doesn’t Want to Wear It
Some people find hearing aids uncomfortable to wear until they get used to them. Other people simply don’t like the idea of wearing a hearing aid at all. If your senior falls into either of those categories, she may avoid wearing her hearing aid as much as she can. Reminders might help, but don’t be surprised if she takes them back out again.
She Doesn’t Remember to Wear It
It’s also possible that your elderly family member genuinely forgets to wear her hearing aids. Making them a habit, just like putting on a pair of glasses or a favorite piece of jewelry, can help, but that’s not foolproof. You can also try using reminders, like a sticky note on her bathroom mirror. If building a habit is the problem, she can usually correct that within a couple of weeks by using reminders and other similar tools.
The Hearing Aid Amplifies All Noises
Sometimes hearing aids are uncomfortable to wear not because of how they feel but because they amplify all noises, not just the ones your senior is trying to hear. When background noises blend in with the voices of the people your senior is trying to hear, that doesn’t really do her any good. Sometimes adjusting the hearing aid can help, so ask her audiologist for assistance.
It’s Difficult to Work the Hearing Aid
Hearing aids are tiny, which makes them unobtrusive, but that also makes them difficult to manage for some people. This is especially true if your elderly family member has issues with joint pain or fine motor skills. Having help from you or from elder care providers can make this task one that doesn’t stand in her way. Set reminders to help you remember to change the batteries for her and learn how to adjust any adjustable settings as needed.
There might be a dozen other reasons your senior gives you for not wearing her hearing aid, too. They might range from not having batteries for the hearing aids to losing them when she takes them out. Try to resolve solvable problems as you learn about them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care in Quincy, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida.
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