Does Mom Need a Hearing Aid?

As your mother ages, you might observe certain signs such as occasional forgetfulness, apparent inattentiveness, or confusion about details. While these symptoms could be attributed to dementia or memory loss, they may also indicate a more correctable issue—hearing loss.

HEARING LOSS IN WOMEN

Studies consistently show that men are more susceptible to hearing loss than women. Men typically experience the onset of hearing loss at an earlier age than women, whose hearing decline tends to progress more gradually.

Another distinction in the realm of hearing loss between genders is the affected sound frequencies. Men often lose hearing in higher frequencies, whereas women are more prone to losing it in lower frequencies. These variations can sometimes lead to oversight or underdiagnosis of hearing loss in women.

7 SIGNS THAT INDICATE MOM MAY NEED HEARING ASSISTANCE:

As you spend time or celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom, it’s essential to be attentive to potential signs of hearing loss. Here are some examples to watch for:

  • Lack of response to conversations when she is not facing the speaker.
  • Requesting people to repeat information.
  • Misunderstandings in response to questions, such as mistakenly saying “yes” to soup instead of salad.
  • Failure to notice sirens while driving.
  • Difficulty comprehending verbal directions.
  • Shifting the phone from one ear to the other for clearer hearing.
  • Repeatedly turning her head in one direction (left or right) when people speak to her.

WOMEN AND HEARING – ENCOURAGING NEWS

While women are statistically less prone to hearing loss than men, it does occur. The positive aspect is that women are generally more open to acknowledging a hearing problem and seeking solutions compared to their male counterparts. 

While hearing aids have gotten smaller and more advanced, they still remain very expensive and require numerous fitting / adjustment appointments and technological know-how to properly use them. 

If your mom is not ready for wearing a hearing aid all day or she lives away from you (and taking her to numerous appointments would be challenging), have her try the ClearCast PAL, the first personal assistive listening (PAL) device that makes hearing conversations and the television effortless.

You will vastly improve her quality of life once she starts using a hearing assistance device.

Sreek Cherukuri, MD
Board-Certified Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) Surgeon

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