Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hearing loss with poor word understanding

Severe hearing loss with poor word understanding is difficult.  Sometimes when the word understanding is very poor hearing aids just can’t make up for it.  At those times when hearing aids aren't able to provide clear words, family members can see how hearing aids are of benefit.

Hearing loss causes a breakdown in communication.  This affects everyone.  Not using hearing aids puts the extra work on those who talk with the person with hearing loss.  Others often become short tempered when they are asked to repeat.  This leads to others saying things such as “Forget it, it’s not important” or “Never Mind,” leading to feelings of useless, not being important and/or feeling left out.   This can lead to low self-esteem, loneliness, isolation and depression.  Even anger and frustration can arise.

There are good reasons to wear hearing aids even when words are not clear.  Just like crossword puzzles or Saduko type activities stimulate the brain, hearing aids can also help keep the brain sharp.  Just wearing the aid can help maintain brain function!

Have an updated hearing and hearing aid evaluation to ensure you are receiving the maximum benefit from the hearing aids.  Try new hearing aids.  If you are still struggling you may be a candidate for an FM/DM system or remote microphone.  These types of devices are added to your hearing aids.  They can improve word understanding in noise and decrease difficulty when the speaker is at a distance.

Using hearing aids can also help memory.  When using hearing aids you use less energy to hear.  This leaves more energy for remembering.  Further, if you don’t hear something correctly there is no chance of remembering it.

Life sounds great!  Enjoy every moment!

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