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Can you hear me? 8 Ways to Protect an Elder’s Hearing

Elder Care in Roseville CA

Hearing loss is a common occurrence among older adults. The best defense against hearing loss is regular hearing screenings from an audiologist. However, knowing the signs of hearing loss early on can also help prevent any further damage to your loved ones hearing ability.Elder-Care-in-Roseville-CA

If your loved one does have noticeable hearing loss, it could drastically change how they complete tasks, run errands, or communicate with others. An elderly care provider can help the elder with tasks and social events that may have become more difficult for them since they began having trouble with their hearing.

 

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing impairments do not only happen as we get older. Sometimes it is the things in our environment that are the problem. Here are a few reasons your aging parent may be suffering from hearing loss.

  • Exposure to loud noise
  • Frequent ear infections, trauma or an ear disease
  • Certain medications or health problems
  • Getting older
  • Harm to the inner and outer ear from foreign objects, like cotton swabs and fingers

 

Prevention

If hearing loss is a concern for your parent, there are several ways this impairment can be prevented. Below are just a few ways you or an elder care provider can help the senior reduce their chances of losing their ability to hear.

  • Keep foreign objects out of the ear. For years, we were told that cotton swabs are needed to help clean our ears. The problem with these items is the fact that most people are not cleaning just the outer part of the ear. They continuously push the object further in the ear, causing irreversible damage. Cotton swabs, fingers, hairpins, and other objects should stay out of their ears at all times.
  • Protect the ears. Whether the elder is going to a concert, is surrounded by loud machines, or other items that make an excessive amount of noise, it is important that your loved one protect their ears. Earplugs can easily be placed in the ear without being easily noticed by other people. Earmuffs and custom hearing protection devices can also be used to keep the loud noises away from the elder’s eardrums.
  • Keep noises down. When at home or in the car, make sure your loved one keeps the noise levels on their TV, radio, and other devices down. Frequently turning the volume too high can cause extreme hearing loss over time.

 

Hearing loss is not always easy to detect, so encourage the senior to regularly get their hearing checked by an audiologist.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Roseville, CA, please contact the caring staff at Support for Home. Proudly Serving Sacramento, Yolo, Placer & El Dorado Counties. Call Today (916) 482-8484 or (530) 792-8484

Jason Wu, President

President at ApexCare
I first became aware of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease ten years ago when my grandmother was diagnosed with this disease.I saw firsthand how critical it was to have a loving family or caregiver to ensure my grandmother’s safety and daily well-being.My grandmother was fortunate enough to have close family members who cared for her as her Alzheimer’s disease progressed.

Since then, I have had a strong interest in helping and supporting our senior community as they age and are unable to care for themselves.Coming from a family of physicians, I am excited to be involved in the medical community by providing the highest levels of non-clinical in-home care to our clients and their families.With my work experience, I firmly believe that ApexCare can touch many lives and have a great impact on our local senior community.

Prior to joining ApexCare, I worked in a wide variety of industries and have owned multiple businesses ranging from construction to mortgage banking.Outside of work, I am an active youth soccer and basketball coach, having coached recreational soccer for over 8 years and elementary school basketball for over 4 years.I graduated with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.My career has been focused on building great organizations that deliver the highest absolute levels of service to our clients.I look forward to continuing this passion with ApexCare.

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