Frequently Asked Questions
4. What impact can hearing loss have on an older person's life?
People with hearing loss have trouble fully participating in everyday life. They may mistake words in a conversation, miss directions or warnings, or leave a ringing doorbell unanswered. Older people who can't hear well may become depressed or withdraw from others to avoid feeling frustrated or embarrassed about not understanding what is being said.
They may become suspicious of relatives or friends who they believe "mumble" or "don't speak up" on purpose. Hearing loss isolates older people and may even put them in harm's way if they are unable to respond to warnings or hear sounds of impending danger.
Sometimes older people are mistakenly thought to be confused, unresponsive, or uncooperative just because they don't hear well.