Dad Cannot Hear
My father's hearing seems to be getting worse and worse. In fact, it has gotten to the point that I do not think he can hear anything I say. He wears hearing aids and has become quite the lip-reader. I, frankly, think he is deaf. Is there anything else we can do to help him? He does not want to buy any more hearing aids, but there has to be a better solution out there for him.
Hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities suffered by the elderly.
The way your father is attempting to adapt is quite normal. He faces the person speaking, watches their lips and picks up as much as he can from the conversation. It sounds like he is doing his best to communicate with his limited hearing. Unfortunately it also sounds like his hearing continues to decline.
If I were you, I would first try scheduling an appointment with an independent audiologist. This is a professional who tests and recommends hearing aids. And although they are familiar with all of the hearing products out there today, they do not sell them.
Go along with your father to his appointment. I promise you that observing his hearing test will be eye-opening for you, as you will learn what he is missing and how severe the issue is. You should also take notes for the two of you to discuss later.
It is possible that he does not have the appropriate aids or that his hearing loss is beyond what hearing aids can help. That does not mean there are not options.
Before his appointment, spend a little bit of time online learning what you can about hearing loss. You will be of more assistance the more you know about hearing. It will also help you follow along more easily at his appointment.
I wish you the best as you work with your father to find the best solution.
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