Contributed by Joy Victory, managing editor, Healthy Hearing
If you think you or a loved one is too old for hearing aids or cochlear implants, think again. At Healthy Hearing, we see time and again how hearing care can transform the lives of people in their 80s, 90s and beyond.
"It was fabulous to see him talkative and smiling again," shared writer Susan Marque about her dad's transformation after getting hearings aids when he was 89. During a day spent together, Susan was amazed how he chatted with everyone, "a security guard at the gallery, librarians, store clerks, and even our Lyft driver on the way home."
And it's not just hearing aids that are an option. For example, 102-year-old veteran Irvin Poff, who recently shared his inspiring cochlear implant story with us. "I know it’s unusual for someone my age to have a cochlear implant just as it’s unusual for someone to live to be my age," he said.
But these two gentleman are by no means the only "senior-seniors" we've come across benefiting from proper hearing care. In our directory of hearing care clinics, patients and caretakers frequently leave positive reviews of not just their provider, but also their loved one's new hearing aids, not realizing how much they had been missing out on. Let's take a look at a few of our favorites:
Sometimes it's the little details that make life beautiful, like hearing the leaves rustling or the birds singing—both of which are sounds that are often the first to disappear when age-related hearing loss sets in. The good news? Many people with hearing loss are pleased to find that hearing aids help them hear birds again, such as this review of Lakeside Audiology in New York:
Hearing loss can be isolating, especially for people with cognitive problems. Fortunately, as one man who reviewed Hearing Solutions of Indiana reported, new hearing aids have made it easier for his 89-year-old mother to cope with Alzheimer's disease, allowing her to communicate in new ways:
Hearing aid accessories can also make a big difference for older folks. Audiologists and hearing specialists are experts at coming up with solutions for hearing device problems, such as losing hearing aids.
Lately, hearing aids are often mentioned as a critical tool to reduce the isolation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, too. As this daughter shared in a review of Choice Hearing Center - New Philadelphia of her 89-year-old mother's hearing aids:
And, finally, what could be more heartwarming than hearing this man's five-star review of HearingLife in Richmond, VA. It's from 2019, but too good not to share again and again.
As you can see, age should never be a barrier to getting hearing aids. They not only help people hear better and reconnect with the world, they also are emerging as a key way to provide numerous health benefits such as delaying the onset of dementia, and reducing loneliness and the risk of falls.
Even if your loved one is in a hospital, nursing home or receiving hospice care, hearing well is still a vital human need. You'd never take away your loved one's eyeglasses, so why deny them proper hearing? Search our directory of hearing care providers to find an audiologist or hearing instrument specialist who can get your loved one the care he or she deserves.
Joy Victory has extensive experience editing consumer health information. Her training in particular has focused on how to best communicate evidence-based medical guidelines and clinical trial results to the public. She strives to make health content accurate, accessible and engaging to the public. Read more about Joy.