Four Possible Causes of Hearing Loss

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If your elderly family member is losing her hearing, there may still be something that you can help her to do about it. Quite a bit depends on what’s causing your senior’s hearing to diminish. Some causes might be reversible, but others are much more permanent. Always work with your senior’s doctor to determine if there are underlying causes affecting her.

Home Health Care Penn Hills PA - Four Possible Causes of Hearing Loss

Home Health Care Penn Hills PA – Four Possible Causes of Hearing Loss

Medication Side Effects

Medications solve so many health issues, but they all have side effects. There are certain medications that have a side effect called ototoxicity. This means that the medication is toxic or damaging to the ears in some way. Some ototoxic medications render mild hearing loss that is reversible, while others are more complex and can cause permanent hearing loss. Talk to your senior’s doctor about her medications and how they affect her.

Her Ear Canal Is Blocked

Ear wax, dust, and even debris can get caught up in your senior’s ear canal. Over time, ear wax can thicken and even harden, which makes it much more difficult for her ear to remove it on its own. Instead of trying to remove any blockages with a cotton swab or other tool, talk to your senior’s doctor. Her doctor can look into her ear, assess the blockage, and remove it safely.

Her Ear Bones Are Affected by Arthritis

Arthritis can happen anywhere there are bones and joints, including in the ear. Your senior’s inner ear is made up of tiny bones that, once arthritis affects them, don’t move the same way that they did before. As those bones move, they transmit information to the brain that your senior’s brain processes as sounds. When they’re not moving properly, your senior’s hearing is affected. Medications might help, but it depends on how bad the arthritis is.

Cognitive Changes Affect Hearing

The brain processes the information it gathers from your senior’s ears and turns that into what we think of as sound. If your senior is experiencing cognitive changes, that can also have a big effect on how her brain processes the sounds around her. Depending on the types of cognitive changes she’s experiencing, there may not be a way to work around what’s happening.

Hearing loss can make life more difficult than it has to be for your senior. Having some help from home health care providers can allow her to live a more normal life while also knowing that she’s safe and in good hands.

If you or a loved one are considering Home Health Care Services in Penn Hills PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
About the author: Laura Partridge
Laura Partridge, the Business Development Manager for Star Multi Care Services has been with the company since 2002. Prior to her current role, she had served as the Administrator of the Pittsburgh branch for 10 years, as well as holding positions within health systems in New York and Pennsylvania as a Nursing Home Administrator and Regional Director of Operations of Independent and Assisted Living facilities. Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, and currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for both the Alliance for Community Respite Care and Gateway Health Plan. She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and North Allegheny baseball, softball and lacrosse Boosters. Community Engagement and Education has been her passion and she enjoys teaching opportunities for the American Red Cross and a local community college as well as collaborative grant writing with various healthcare and education partners. Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more free time on fields and courts than she does at home. Although they live in Pittsburgh, you will never see a Steelers logo in their home. Instead, the Bills, Sabres and some Pirates gear are more often visible. “My empathy is always for the underdog. They usually work harder than everyone else.”. –Laura Partridge Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” – Pele