The Importance of Hearing Aids in Your Ability to Age in Place
If you’re over the age of 50, chances are that you have heard of the concept of “aging in place” and considered if it is right for your aging parents, or even yourself, down the road.
Things like choosing homes with no stairs or patio homes with no yard maintenance are usually top of mind with this trend; but it’s also important that people who choose to age in place treat any hearing loss they may have to stay safe – and stay socially active!
Safety when aging in place
Some parts of safely aging in place are simple – be sure windows are easy to lock and stairs have sturdy handrails. Be sure to check who is at the front door before answering, and smoke and CO2 detectors have fresh batteries. But what if you can’t hear the smoke detector?
Hearing is key to staying safe in your home as you age. Not only do you need to be able to hear smoke detectors and other alarms, but you also need to hear water dripping under the sink, alarm clocks and knocks at the door.
While most of these items have alternatives for the Deaf, such as bed-shaking alarm clocks and visual smoke and CO2 detectors, hearing aids are important, too.
Staying social when aging in place
Not only is your safety at home key when aging in place, but your ability to actively socialize is too! No one wants to age in place by staying home 24/7 and never leaving home; so be sure to plan regular outings and social activities – and be sure you can hear them!
Hearing aids offer the life-changing ability to engage in conversation and be fully present with friends and family, no matter the setting. If you or a loved one has struggled in crowds or restaurants or started to withdraw from social activity, get your hearing checked and addressed!
Staying sharp when aging in place
Emerging evidence shows that there may be a connection between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline. If you or a loved one wants to age in place, it is paramount to do everything possible to prevent cognitive decline and dementia – from treating your hearing loss to regular dance parties.