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Loss Prevention /
By Valerie Thelen, Staff Writer
Exercise and eating healthy are as important to
ear health as to heart health. A healthy lifestyle
leads to increased focus and response in all areas
of life, including hearing. The body functions as a
whole, so nourishing it properly will reap benefits
for a long time. A caregiver should encourage a
loved one to be healthy in all aspects.
A caregiver must be an advocate for their loved
one with hearing loss. The first step is always
education. Know the signs of hearing loss, and steps
to take following a diagnosis. Learn about the many
technological advances that can help a loved one
live a fulfilling life despite the challenges.
Many public places including hotels, churches,
museums, auditoriums, theaters, etc. provide
assistive technology for the hearing impaired. When
itís available, make sure a loved one uses it. And
if not available, explain to the staff the
importance of these devices. A little planning ahead
can make for a fun trip on the town and eliminate a
loved oneís feeling of being left out.
By learning the best ways to communicate, a
caregiver can pass along these tips to other family
members and friends. Simple strategies can increase
communication, lessen stress and promote an
enjoyable time for all involved.
Communication is always a two-way street. Whether
the loved one coping with the hearing loss or the
caregiver learning how to navigate new waters, it
takes both parties working together to have a
successful outcome. Itís both personsí
responsibility to do their best in every situation
and always show respect for the otherís challenges.
The Better Hearing Institute says that one of the
most loving things a caregiver can do is help their
loved one come to terms with their diagnosis. This
may be even harder than the actual purchase of
hearing aids or assistive devices. Loss of hearing
is a scary venture into uncharted waters for anyone
with a recent diagnosis. A caregiver should be a
constant support through the highs and lows of
hearing loss. Once itís properly treated, both sides
will be glad they addressed the issue, together.