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Elder Care Tips: Protecting Ear Health on Save Your Hearing Day

Elder Care in Mankato MN

Most adults over the age of 60 will experience some degree of hearing loss. For many of these seniors, the hearing loss is due to excessive exposure to loud sounds or improper ear care. This compounds with the normal processes of aging that result in less acute hearing, including the gradual breakdown of the Elder Care in Mankato MNtiny hairs within the ears that bring sound waves into the ears. Making protecting your elderly loved ones’ ear health part of your elder care plan is an important step toward improving and guarding their quality of life. On May 31, join with the rest of the care community to learn more about ear health and preserving your seniors’, and your, sense of hearing.

Protecting your elderly loved ones’ hearing requires daily attention and effort. Use these tips to help keep your senior parents’ ears healthy and their hearing strong:

• Avoid loud environments. Many people expose their ears to excessive noise on a regular basis without realizing it. A rule of thumb about whether a situation or environment is too loud is that if you have to shout for those around you to hear a normal conversation, the noise is too loud. Some of these sounds include saws, drills, other power tools, loud music, cars, and motorcycles

• Keep things quiet. There are many situations when you cannot avoid exposure to loud sounds. Whenever you can, however, find ways to reduce noise exposure. Noise-induced hearing loss is about both the intensity of sound and the duration of exposure, so any way you can reduce ambient noise is a benefit to your parents’ ears. Try tactics such as buying low-noise appliances, keeping the television down, or installing noise-reducing materials in the home to protect against loud sounds in the environment outside of the home

• Wear ear protection. If you plan on bringing your elderly loved ones to an event that involves loud sounds, such as a concert or car race, make sure their ears are properly protected. Ear plugs and noise-cancelling headphones are both highly effective at reducing the amount of sound that gets to the ears. When worn together, the effect is compounded for optimum ear protection

• Clean the ears properly. Proper ear hygiene is an important step in protecting ear health and reducing the instance of hearing loss. Whether your aging loved ones manage their own personal hygiene or receive assistance by you or an elderly health care services provider, knowing how to safely and effectively clean the ears helps prevent potential damage and infection. Clean the outside of the ears with a soft cloth. Use cotton swabs only to clean the curves of the exterior and never insert them or any other implement into the ear canal

• Get proper care. If you have a large buildup of ear wax, are experiencing itching or pain, there is a bad smell coming from the ears, there is drainage, the ears are hot or inflamed, or there is a sudden loss of hearing, make an appointment to visit the physician as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and to start an appropriate treatment plan.

If you or someone you know needs elder care in Mankato, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.

Lori Seeman

Lori Seemann has a background in nurse management, hands-on critical care and business management. Her clinical expertise and knowledge of information systems had been instrumental in ensuring operational consistency in all branch offices. She led efforts that resulted in implementation of a new home care computer system that is utilized for staffing, scheduling, clinical records and billing. Lori continues to seek opportunities to improve caregiver productivity through nurse utilization of a unique point of care laptop computer system.