(BPT) - Spending time with people you love is what makes the holiday season special. But for parents and grandparents who suffer from hearing loss, gathering with family and friends can be grueling.
One in three adults over 65 experience hearing loss, which can be exhausting. People with even mild hearing loss often withdraw from activities they love due to fatigue, frustration and embarrassment, which can lead to isolation, depression and even dementia.
Until recently, hearing aids were expensive and required a prescription from a hearing health professional. That changed in October, when the FDA authorized over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. Now adults with mild to moderate hearing loss can get a pair from their local pharmacy or big box store without a prescription for a fraction of the cost of traditional hearing aids and start experiencing the benefits of better hearing the same day.
How to know if someone you love has hearing loss
The average person waits seven years from the onset of hearing loss symptoms to get hearing aids, and many don’t realize for years that their hearing has deteriorated. This holiday season, you can help by watching for common signs of hearing loss in friends and family, such as:
What can you do to help?
There are several easy ways to help people with hearing loss enjoy the holidays this year:
What to look for in a hearing aid.
Choosing the right hearing aid is important. While most over-the-counter models come at a much lower cost than traditional hearing aids, not all offer the same quality and features.
Don't let hearing loss detract from your joy this holiday. Help your loved ones take control of their hearing and make the most of every moment together.
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