The Impact on Caregivers
Family caregivers often juggle an overwhelming amount of responsibility, and the NCS revealed that dealing with hearing loss adds to their already stressful lives. Doctor and pharmacy visits alone account for a great deal of responsibility. Survey respondents who take the person they care for to the doctor or pharmacy do so an average of four to five times per week and three to four times per month respectively.
The survey also confirmed that it is often the caregiver who first notices a person’s hearing problem, citing signs such as frequently asking people to repeat themselves, turning up the volume on the TV or radio, responding inappropriately to questions and avoiding social situations.
72% of those showing signs of hearing loss choose not to address the problem. Cost, discomfort, inconvenience and vanity tend to be the most common reasons people choose not to wear hearing aids.
You need to convince your father that he is putting himself in danger through his unwillingness to address his hearing problems. If he doesn’t, try to ensure that he has someone with him whenever he goes to his doctor’s appointments and pharmacy visits. If you can’t be there, arrange for a family friend or professional caregiver to accompany him.