You might have known for a while that your elderly family member’s hearing is fading but getting her to talk to an audiologist or even her own doctor about it might have been a chore. If she’s finally ready to have that conversation, here are some ideas that can help to make the process a little easier.
Talk to Your Senior about All of Her Symptoms
When your elderly family member is finally ready to talk to someone about her hearing, it’s a good idea to have all the information ready to go that you can get. Ask your senior what all she’s experiencing along with her hearing loss. If she’s got tinnitus along with hearing loss, that might be important. If she has better hearing in one ear than she does in the other, that’s helpful to know. Make as thorough a list as you can.
Don’t Leave Anything Out
Before the appointment, it’s also a good idea to put together a cheat sheet for yourself. Every doctor or specialist your senior sees is going to ask questions about her overall health and medications. If you’ve already got all of that written down somewhere, it’s a lot easier to pass that information on. You’re also more reassured that you’re not leaving anything out.
Figure out What Specific Questions You Both Have
If your elderly family member has waited a while to make this appointment, it’s possible she still has some questions about what’s going to happen and what all this entails. You might, too. Take some time and make a list of the specific questions that you each have. This is going to keep you from forgetting anything urgent while you’re actually in the thick of the appointment itself.
Follow up Afterward
After the appointment, your elderly family member may have more questions. That’s especially true if her hearing is indeed failing and she needs to talk about treatment options. It can help immensely to have some idea about the pros and cons for each type of treatment that your senior’s doctor or audiologist recommend. She may have more options available to her than she thought possible.
While your senior is finding solutions for her hearing issues, it might help to have elder care providers there with her. They can help her to acclimate to new devices, like hearing aids, and assist with learning how to take care of them, too.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering elder care in Las Vegas, NV, please contact the caring staff at Golden Heart Centennial Hills today at (702) 818-1787.