As a middle aged adult, you may be considered a member of the “sandwich generation.” You are raising a family, and at the same time, taking care of an aging parent, whether it is financially, practically or emotionally–or a combination of these. And this position in life can bring on additional burdens, responsibilities and stress.
As people age, there is an increase in hearing loss that when left untreated, can lead to isolation, confusion, embarrassment and depression. Helping your older parent to hear and communicate better can have an overall quality of life improvement for your parent–and also for you. A parent with whom you can easily communicate in person and on the phone will reduce frustration and emotional fatigue for everyone. Use the following steps to learn how to improve communication for parents who have hearing loss.