My 74 year old husband has a hearing loss and and it’s driving me crazy. He refuses to get a hearing aide because of vanity but could have some great choices.
Hearing and sight loss are devastating to elders , their caregivers or spouses.But aging technology has leaped forward to support aging families. Glasses and vision assessments can be one of the most effective technologies to assist an older adult to remain independent. Similarly, hearing aids and personal sound assistant platforms (PSAPS) are critical technology solutions that are frequently missed by clients, caregivers and medical personnel alike.
Hearing assessments are not yet required for all older adults, yet this can be one of the most effective preventative actions a care manager can recommend. Hearing aids in particularly are often rejected or delayed by clients for reasons ranging from unawareness of increased hearing loss to concerns over vanity. Hearing aids and glasses should be a high priority item for assessments by care managers and checked on an ongoing basis.
In their new chapter in Handbook of Geriatric Care Management 4th edition Dr. David Lindeman and Julie Menack suggest care managers check out hearing assistance devices such as Clarity Life Ensemble and ReSound LiNX offer hearing support for those older adults with moderate hearing loss.
According to the New York Times is not just the 1% or upper 90 th % of seniors who prosper but also those over 65 from in the middle class – the 40%- 80%, who have both survived the economic collapse of 2008 but have thrived- and can afford a happy retirement and health care needs in their future.