Do you take care of an elderly or disabled person? Caregiving includes many responsibilities. It can be overwhelming at times! Here are some interesting statistics for 2015 provided by Carers Australia:
- There were 2.7 million people serving as carers (unpaid)
- 96% of those were caring for a family member
- Approximately 32% of those were primary carers
Regarding hearing loss specifically, one in six Australians are affected by it (according to 2012 disability statistics).
It’s important that carers learn to recognise the common signs of hearing loss. Some of them are: social withdrawal, asking people to repeat themselves, turning the tv volume up extremely high, and complaining that sounds are muffled.
Caregivers can make things better by communicating openly and being patient with their family member who can’t hear well.
For example, ask him or her what would be most helpful when having a conversation. Background noises often make hearing more difficult, so muting or turning off the television might make a big difference.
Common situations that most people take for granted can be frustrating for one who has hearing loss. The emotional impact of this should not be taken lightly. A little understanding can go a long way.
Carers are usually not trained medical doctors or counsellors. Most often they are family members who just want to meet the unique needs of their loved ones. Reliable resources for guidance can be invaluable!
The professionals at The Hearing Care Shop provide extensive services to improve the hearing of their patients. Carers and the ones they assist will receive advice and support throughout the entire process: from the initial assessment to purchasing hearing aids if needed.
Please contact us today. We want to be part of your support system.