Many older adults feel shame and embarrassment about losing their hearing, causing them to become withdrawn from friends and family to mask this secret. Sometimes, this can cause our loved ones to feel sad, lonely, or even depressed for extended periods.
- Remind your loved one that hearing loss is common and normal.
- Be patient and empathetic with your loved one when you communicate. If they ask you to repeat yourself, don’t get frustrated or upset – this may make them feel guilty for asking.
- Make yourself easy to talk to by getting their attention first before speaking. Look directly at your loved one and talk loudly, clearly, and in complete sentences.
- Stay engaged and involved in your loved one’s life. Schedule time with them frequently.