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Living with the first stages of hearing loss can be difficult for everyone in the family. Miscommunication from hearing loss can lead to hurt feelings...

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How to talk to your parent about their hearing loss

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Living with the first stages of hearing loss can be difficult for everyone in the family. Miscommunication from hearing loss can lead to hurt feelings, isolation, or even depression. In some situations, like crossing the street or driving a car, loss of hearing can cause dangerous mistakes. Even though we know how important good hearing is to personal well being and family connectedness, talking about the problem is not easy.

Aging parents might associate hearing loss with a loss of independence and be reluctant to acknowledge it. They might worry about the expense of getting and maintaining a hearing aid. Pride may play a role, but it’s also possible that hearing loss has been so gradual, they’ve simply gotten comfortable with it. They may not realize what they’re missing, or how it affects the rest of the family...

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