Many Americans are living longer with healthier lifestyles. As a result, there is now a new growth in this demographic. There needs to be individualized care for these older adults.
Ageism is a common factor in our society. There are difficulties that hearing healthcare providers encounter on a daily basis. Fighting against ageism is a leading concern that needs to be addressed.
With the rise in an aging population, it is vital to improving the overall quality of health, independence, socializing with others, in order to prevent social isolation which can lead to depression.
It is important to be able to effectively communicate with others in order to forge a bond between people, which helps to promote healthy aging and a longer life expectancy.
Your Social Life & Communication
Some of the common ways to promote healthy aging would be to have a more age-integrated society, resourceful environments, and health systems that are age-friendly. Providing more access to technology in order to support the needs of aging adults is vital to a healthy life. There are so many types of technology to use that allow the elderly to stay socially and physically involved with others. This is where technology in hearing health can be utilized.
Hearing loss is a risk factor for social isolation and loneliness. Lawmakers are becoming more aware of ways to fight against loneliness. Hearing healthcare providers can be part of the solution. Proper, and early, intervention can help those with hearing loss reconnect with others in a social setting. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the failure to effectively communicate can affect your daily life and cause feelings of loneliness and detachment. The WHO advises that older adults should receive prompt hearing tests and the use of hearing aids
Hearing aid technology can help unite people. In addition to your plans to get hearing aids, you need to reconsider how you communicate with others. The ability to cope and communicate in busy settings is linked to stress levels and other health concerns. Negative health and social distress can be caused by feeling fatigued and stressed from difficulties that are faced when trying to listen to others.
Public health needs to help those with hearing loss. There are negative repercussions that can happen due to communication problems in noisy environments. Hearing healthcare professionals should promote the use of sound-absorbing materials (i.e. carpet, curtains, etc.), especially in independent and assisted living settings, nursing homes, and hospitals. The use of portable hearing assistance devices and universal communication precautions should also be implemented in order to improve communication in medical settings, especially in loud areas such as emergency rooms.
Using Virtual Assistants
Virtual assistants, like Alexa, have been helpful. A good suggestion would be to set up reminders to place and keep their hearing aids on and make sure the batteries or rechargeable hearing device is completely charged.
Modern hearing aids feature artificial intelligence (A.I.), which is technology that can measure how often you socialize with others, detect falls, and analyze surrounding sounds.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Please be aware that Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require repairs, re-fittings, and new hearing aid fittings. If you are having any problems with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before visiting one of our offices.