Approximately 30–40% of individuals over the age of 65 are afflicted with some degree of hearing loss, with the prevalence of hearing loss rising to 70–80% among persons over the age of 80 (Gates, Cooper, Kannel, & Miller, 1991; National Health Interview Survey, 1994). Among nursing home residents, the incidence of hearing loss is over 80% (Schow & Nerbonne, 1980). Statistically, hearing loss among aging individuals is a significant problem. Qualitatively, hearing loss is the reduction or elimination of one of the five essential senses that help us live happy, independent lives.
That is why Country Club Rehabilitation Campus’ nurses and specialists are trained to provide audiology services to the elderly resident suffering from hearing loss. These services and procedures include:
Audiologic screening is mainly used to (1) distinguish healthy individuals from those with hearing loss or the potential of hearing loss and (2) to quickly address those whose hearing loss risks their personal health or safety.
The process of audiological assessment is to help our trained specialists and nurses understand the specific ailment and potential treatment needed for a particular individual. The assessment of a residents hearing can be determined or tested in a variety of ways: Otoscopic examination, air conduction testing, bone conduction testing, speech recognition and detection, immitance testing, etc.
Once a definite assessment of a residents hearing is made, our audiology specialists will choose the best form of hearing aid for a particular individual. This hearing aid will then be properly fitted and tested to meet the resident’s acceptable level of comfort and hearing ability.
While hearing aids are the most common form of hearing assistance, there are other types of technology that may better fit an individual’s personal needs: assistive listening devices (improves signal-to-noise ratio), sound enhancement devices (ideal for one-on-one conversations), infrared systems (helps with television viewing), etc.
More importantly, to ensure our resident here at Country Club Rehabilitation Campus continue to sustain their improved hearing ability, our specialists educate our resident on how to use and maintain their hearing aid or listening devices. Regardless, our nurses and staff will preform bimonthly maintenance checks to ensure the hearing aid is clean, in working condition, and effectively assisting your aging loved one’s hearing.
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