When your elderly family member’s hearing starts to fail her, it can be difficult for her to do a lot of the things that she used to enjoy. Some of these smaller changes can help her to adjust much more readily.
Reduce Echoes with Furnishings that Absorb Excess Noise.
If your senior’s home or favorite rooms are rooms that don’t have carpeting or many soft furnishings, chances are that there are quite a few echoes in the space. This can create havoc for an elderly family member who is hard of hearing. By adding carpeting, rugs, and other soft furnishings, you can absorb that excess noise and reduce the amount of echoing that is likely to occur in that space.
Look for Solutions for Television Viewing.
Cranking up the television is not necessarily the best answer for your senior if she can’t hear well any longer. The louder the television is, the more distorted the sounds can become, which actually makes the problem worse. Instead, find other solutions such as using closed captioning on the television, adjusting her hearing aids, or connecting the TV to another sound system that allows you to do some fine tuning on the sound output.
Arrange Furniture for Conversations.
How the furniture is arranged can make a tremendous change to how well your elderly family member is able to participate in conversations. Adjust the furniture so that someone in each seat could see people in the other seats easily. This enables your elderly family member to see that someone’s lips are moving and to actively engage in the conversation.
Consult with Her Audiologist.
Talk to your elderly family member’s doctor and to her audiologist, if she has one. They can give you tips that are specific to the experiences that your aging adult is having with her hearing. They may be able to run additional testing, too , and see if there are problems that have gone unaddressed thus far.
You may also want to consider asking elderly care providers for tips that have worked with other aging adults in the past. They can have ideas you’ve never even considered that make a huge difference.