It’s time to speak up about hearing loss!

by midlifecrisisqueen on November 16, 2012

Do you ever just stop and think about the many blessings in your life?

What would your life be like without your marvelous senses?  I have had a bad cold this past week, my nose is still plugged up, and I have really missed my sense of taste lately!  We’re talking some serious quality of life issues here.  I regularly feel gratitude for my ability to see and hear and communicate with the world in a healthy way.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recently asked me to encourage everyone to break through the silence this holiday season, and openly discuss untreated hearing loss with your older family members. With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming right up, this is a perfect time to consider how well your parents and older friends are hearing you.

The ASHA has found that nearly 70% of respondents do seek treatment for a hearing problem if they were asked to do so by a loved one, and hearing loss is a problem for nearly half of all seniors.

I ran into this problem with my 79-year-old Mom recently.  She kept insisting that she could not hear me, even though no one else was complaining.  I asked her to get her hearing checked by a professional audiologist, and sure enough, she is experiencing some hearing impairment.

Why is this so important?  Because untreated hearing loss can easily lead to some very negative emotional impacts like feelings of isolation, depression and even dementia.  I remember how sad it was to watch my grandfather slowly recede from our lives, as his hearing got worse.  But he assisted it was normal and would do nothing about it.

Untreated hearing loss can make family gatherings more difficult and strain relationships as we age.  This is too bad because it does not need to be that way.  Today there are many different ways of treating hearing impairment and different types of hearing aids too!

Check out this marvelous online tool to help you easily find professional audiologists and speech-language pathologists near you.  If your loved one is beginning to wonder if their hearing is going, help them find a well-qualified professional who holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Start them on their road towards a return to excellent hearing again, so you can all join in the holiday fun for years to come!

This blog post was written while participating in a campaign by BOOMboxNetwork.com on behalf of ASHA.org for which I received payment.  All opinions stated within are my own.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Barbara Younger November 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I know the feeling. I had a relative insist I was “mumbling.” A hearing test proved hearing loss that happily could be remedied with hearing aids.

midlifecrisisqueen November 18, 2012 at 12:34 pm

So true Barbara! Hope I can keep hearing well forever! If not, I know I will not hesitate to get a hearing test… LLC

Chris November 19, 2012 at 10:23 am

What great timing to have us all think about this topic. Headed out to Thanksgiving and knowing that Mom will make sure she is seated so that her “good” ear will hear the conversation. She KNOWS, and we all know, about her hearing loss, so convincing her to do something about it is the next step!

midlifecrisisqueen November 23, 2012 at 9:07 am

Appreciate your senses and get help when they stop working as well as they used to! Why not? – LLC

Jennifer Comet Wagner November 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I think my husband’s hearing is not what it used to be (unless he is the worst listener ever) but he insists he is fine. I keep trying to get him to make an appt. with an audiologist, even if just to prove me wrong, and he says maybe but then never does.

midlifecrisisqueen November 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

Jennifer:
I find that so interesting when someone knows they have a deficit but basically refuses to do something about it! Perhaps if you keep reminding him it’s a problem for you, he’ll finally go get some help…

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