Jul 15 Care Mission

Are You Hearing This?

Better understand what it may be like to be one of the 16 million seniors affected by hearing loss by taking this Care Challenge simulation.

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The Facts: According to the Center for Hearing and Communication, over 16 million seniors ages 60+ are hearing impaired and not receiving appropriate treatment. Untreated hearing loss can perpetuate the decline of cognitive function, brain atrophy, depression, and social isolation.

Care Challenge:

This week, briefly experience what it might be like to be one of those 16 million seniors affected by hearing loss. Upon prior consultation with your doctor or physician, take the Care Challenge and notice how it makes you feel. If your doctor or physician advises against this, do not attempt the challenge.

  1. Turn down the volume on your favorite television show or radio program.
  2. Observe what’s happening. What are you missing? How does it make you feel?
  3. Tell Us: Does this change your perception of hearing impairment? Let us know in the comments below!

If you suspect a senior loved one may be experiencing hearing loss, this article may help with next steps: Let’s Talk About Hearing Loss.

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Community Comments

  1. Subtitles made such a difference.

    Safiyyah
    1 Mission Completed
  2. Eye contact and smiles are gold!

    Toya
    13 Missions Completed
  3. I was deaf until I received a cochlear implant. Hearing loss ranks high on reasons for feeling isolated. It is an unseen and therefore often overlooked disability. If someone can’t understand, try using different words. Often hearing loss involves speech discrimination where certain letters or combinations such as ch are hard to understand

    Toya
    13 Missions Completed
  4. I felt frustrated. Knowing that I could hear it before and now I really could not. I was missing out on the entire show and not hearing the dialogue.

    I have a client who is hard of hearing. She is not afraid to let me know that she can not hear me. In fact, she tells me I mumble too much. Ha ha. So, I of course, agree with her and speak up to where she can hear me. I even joked about it and changed the words to the song “The Wanderer” to “The mumbler”. You should not get annoyed or frustrated, if the person asks you to repeat what you have said… Just keep repeating it until they get it.

    Bernadette
    1 Mission Completed
  5. I have a Senior that is hearing impaired. I was talking to her one Day about hearing the sirens if they go off at night or even daytime if she is not watching tv. She said she does not hear them. I was going to talk to someone but not sure who? Maybe someone can give me a suggestion or two.

    Christine Marcum
    22 Missions Completed
  6. Not being able to properly hear can leave you feeling isolated and left out.

    Monte Gray
    1 Mission Completed
  7. I tried to get my love ones to see a Doctor and they did but the hearing aids were uncomfortable to them

    Pamela Kennedy Barber
    2 Missions Completed
  8. Ironically, I’m experiencing an ear blockage. I hear only out of my left ear and I’m feeling vulnerable on my right ear. Taking phone calls and attending meetings results in extra questions with regard to items I did not hear the first time. I find myself needing a helper and having the meeting summarized in writing via email. Practically speaking, I feel I’m at a disadvantage with regard to protecting myself and my family.

    Jessette McCain
    1 Mission Completed
  9. Turned down my radio today, I really like my music in the morning. I’m 53 years old, using captions on the TV every one says I keep it turned up too loud. When I turned down my music, I thought “Oh what a horrible day it will be to not hear music!” Z

    Melody
    9 Missions Completed
  10. I did not like reading the subtitles because they went to fast for me. I ended up not even watching the t.v. and went on Facebook instead.? I had no interest. I can see how someone can get discouraged.

    Heidi
    4 Missions Completed
  11. There is no doubt but that muffled sounds create an unexpected mental chaos that is hard to sort out. I would messages from friends and familial would have a double edge of stress added How dreadful

    Shirley Hasson
    5 Missions Completed
  12. Frustrating to not know what someone is saying but can see them talking. I get to turn the volume back up but others don’t have that option.

    GARY
    1 Mission Completed
  13. I said Hi to 5 residents at the nursing home today! What beautiful smiles you get when someone says hi how are you today!

    Susan
    1 Mission Completed
  14. I have both elderly parents who have some hearing loss. I also have my own issues with some impairment. I did this with my TV turned down and it is very frustrating. My 82 year old friend tells me how isolating it is too for her now.

    Kelly
    1 Mission Completed
  15. Seniors SMILED back.

    Catherine
    1 Mission Completed
  16. Missing out because of a hearing loss leaves me out of the loop

    Catherine
    1 Mission Completed
  17. I mailed a letter to my mom. My mother is 92 and her eyesight is failing, so I printed it in very large letters. I know she doesn’t get a lot of mail and this will certainly brighten her day.

    Jo Anne
    1 Mission Completed
  18. I was waste mood for some music. I turned on the radio but dint turn it up very loud at all. It was odd only hearing certain parts of songs or commercials that were tge loudest parts. It was not as satisfying, at all, as when it is turned up to be clearly heard and understood.
    That made me realize how difficult it must be for those with hearing loss to enjoy music that is playing around them or understanding conversations.

    Donna
    11 Missions Completed
  19. I tried it for maybe 10 minutes without subtitles before getting really frustrated trying to fully grasp what was going on. It felt like a lot of mumbling.

    Bobbie
    1 Mission Completed
  20. Happily spoke to multiple Seniors are ARC when dropping off donations today.

    Mary
    1 Mission Completed
  21. In fact, I am a senior with a hearing loss and I wear aids in both ears. When I forget to put them in, I feel like I’m in a padded room with no way to hear what’s being said. They make a huge difference in how I can interact with people and in stores/and talking with my grandchildren. Adds confidence!

    Marlene
    1 Mission Completed
  22. As we all get older, I feel we don’t hear words as they are spoken. Sometimes, that causes hurt feelings; as what someone might think they hear are not the actual words.

    Christine
    4 Missions Completed
  23. Today I greeted a gentleman on the bus during my lunch hour. He seemed confused at first when I said “hello” but when I smiled, he was certain that I was talking to him and said “hello” back. I talked to him for a bit about how his day was going and we chatted until I reached my stop. This was for about 10 minutes. I left him with a smile as I walked out of the bus.

    Rachel
    6 Missions Completed
  24. I’ve done this, with the TV volume – and am very aware too, of a change in confidence too as my own eyesight is changing almost in front of me. It makes me far more aware of how seniors may feel.

    Cindy
    2 Missions Completed
  25. When you’re struggling to hear it is frustrating. I felt alone and left out because I couldn’t hear properly.

    Carol
    2 Missions Completed
  26. I said hi and spoke to several women at church.

    Taffy
    5 Missions Completed
  27. My dad lost his hearing due to his service in the military flying helicopters.
    I feel for those who lose their hearing as they age and I’m worried about my own.

    Taffy
    5 Missions Completed
  28. Not being able to hear what the show was saying made me frustrated. I was confused as I strained to understand the sequence of events.

    Chinyere
    3 Missions Completed
  29. Not being able to hear what’s actually going on and seeing everyone around you connecting by hearing is very isolating. You feel like you have a cardboard box over your head. I think lack of hearing and seeing as we age is scary and isolating. We just need to be extra compassionate and advocate for any elderly person in your life, making a point to get to know elderly neighbors that may not have close family.

    Mary
    3 Missions Completed
  30. Always look at an eldery person so they know you are speaking to them.
    Always do a kind act even if it smile or hold their hand or give them a hug… ❤

    Debra
    1 Mission Completed
  31. Very aggravating not to be able to understand the tv, especially when this may be your only form of entertainment, not to mention this may also be a form of emergency management for storm warnings etc….Would make you feel depressed and isolated. Help a senior you know to adjust the tv to have captioning added to the viewing area as not all seniors can use tv settings and will not ask.

    Sally
    2 Missions Completed
  32. It was pointless for me to watch it. I don’t read lips well and if I combined this with the soapy glasses, watching anything would be pointless. So sad and frusrating.

    Lisa
    2 Missions Completed
  33. I felt so frustrated and helpless. It was pointless to watch. I can’t read lips at all. It gives a great insight into hearing loss. It feels lonely and frstrating

    Lisa
    2 Missions Completed
  34. I already use subtitles on everything I watch on tv so this was an eye opener!

    Ande
    6 Missions Completed
  35. I know someone who has a hearing problem and he would stay home and be alone because he was embarrassed about not hearing good. My son and I would check on him to make sure he is ok.

    Gloria
    76 Missions Completed
  36. Luckily i always use subtitles when im whatching tv.

    Joseph
    2 Missions Completed
  37. My Grandfather, who I grew up with, was becoming more and more hearing impaired as he got older. I remember he always had his TV on with the volume up constantly. It was very hard not to become frustrated with him when we tried to talk to him. Now that I’m older, I understand how hard it is to lose your hearing, and not be able to hear everything and participate in conversations and enjoy some of the most basic amenities in life- TV and Music. My family didn’t have the money to get my Grandfather a hearing aid. Now I understand both how hard it is to ask for help for physical issues and the cost that medical devices such as hearing aids and other assistive technologies inflict on us all. Insurance doesn’t always cover these things and when it does, there is still money involved. I’m lucky that I have some money and insurance, but other people, especially the elderly don’t always have the money to pay for these expenses.

    Tracy Colligan
    3 Missions Completed
  38. I understand how hard it is to lose your hearing, and not be able to hear everything and participate in conversations and enjoy some of the most basic amenities in life- TV and Music. My family didn’t have the money to get my Grandfather a hearing aid. Now I understand both how hard it is to ask for help for physical issues and the cost that medical devices such as hearing aids and other assistive technologies inflict on those who need them. Insurance doesn’t always cover these things and when it does, there is still money involved. I’m lucky that I have some money and insurance, but other people, especially the elderly don’t always have the money to pay for these expenses. I sat trying to listen to Stranger Things on Netflix and realized that I could turn on closed captioning. There was no such thing when my Grandfather was alive.

    Tracy Colligan
    3 Missions Completed
  39. I communicated via text with several of my church’s home bound members, I am also home bound

    Melissa
    4 Missions Completed
  40. I communicated via text with several of my church’s home bound members, I am also a home bound member

    Melissa
    4 Missions Completed
  41. I have a friend who is 82, and has been going deaf for a while. I used to have to talk very loudly for her to hear me, and we watched TV at a very loud volume. When she finally decided she needed to get hearing checked. The doctor told her without hearing aids she would go go completely deaf. That scared the hell out of her, so she got her hearing aids, which I can tell if she is wearing them. Because she hears me when I speak normally. I have encouraged her to get them, and to wear them daily.

    Lydia
    7 Missions Completed
  42. Especially sad for those with an English barrier who can’t read the screen nor write/text.

    Njean
    1 Mission Completed

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