Hearing Loss in Seniors

My moms only 50, but she’s already losing her hearing and is driving me nuts with all her what’s and pardons.  It that normal for her age?

Hal in Nebraska, 27

Hearing loss can happen at any age. Make sure you communicate your concerns to her.  Talk to your mother’s primary doctor, have her hearing checked for a buildup of wax, and find out if she needs an adaptive device, such as a hearing aid.  The phone company has special equipment for the hearing impaired, the local pharmacy or surgical supply store may have suggestions as well, and contact the National Association of the Deaf.  You may also want to check out Lighthouse International (which deals mostly with the blind) since some of their adapted equipment may be appropriate or helpful for your mother. Let her know that you are there to help her.

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