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Hearing Loss and How It Affects Someone with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Houston TX

Alzheimer's CareHearing loss can affect people in many different ways. When someone has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, hearing loss can make it difficult to understand what a friend or family member, or even a home care aide, a doctor, a nurse, or someone else is saying.

Memory loss is the most significant symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s important to understand that memory loss isn’t the only sign or symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, but it is certainly the most significant one. When somebody is dealing with Alzheimer’s, they may have a difficult time keeping track of conversations or remembering what somebody has told them, even just a few minutes prior during a conversation.

If somebody is dealing with hearing loss, they may nod their head and acknowledge as though they heard what was said to them, but they never actually understood the words. That can cause some other support to become frustrated later on if it seems as though they didn’t understand or remember what was said in the first place.

There are plenty of challenges with Alzheimer’s.

As hearing loss becomes more significant in a person’s life, it will affect them in many different ways. It’s a good idea that any family member, friend, or other support system in a person’s life become as aware as possible of the potential for hearing loss.

How to express hearing loss for someone with Alzheimer’s.

A person with Alzheimer’s, especially during the earlier stages of the disease, shortly after diagnosis, will understand what is happening to them. Even if they have moments when they don’t recognize their surroundings or become confused about certain conversations or things going on around them, they will still be acutely aware of their senses.

It will be much easier for someone in this stage of the disease to recognize their hearing is not as strong as it used to be. They can express their concerns and ultimately get to a hearing specialist to go through a battery of tests for proper diagnosis and possibly treatment options, which can include the use of hearing aids.

Somebody in more advanced stages of the disease may not be aware of what’s happening to them or may have difficulty trying to express what’s going on. The hearing loss could cause them even more stress and anxiety than they might already be dealing with in regards to their memory challenges.

It’s important for family and friends to be aware that the risk of hearing loss, as well as vision loss, can increase with age and to be more focused on potential signs or symptoms that may indicate a loved one with Alzheimer’s is not hearing as well as he or she used to.

The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable Alzheimer’s care in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.

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Mike Willett

Michael Willett is the owner of the Synergy HomeCare Central Houston office, but is also the Regional Director for Synergy HomeCare in South Texas.He currently acts as the owner and co-administrator of his owned & operated Synergy HomeCare franchise, but also develops the Synergy HomeCare franchise throughout Texas.Mr. Willett joined Synergy HomeCare in August of 2006 and has built a very successful franchise over the past seven years.Synergy HomeCare now has seven locations in Houston/Beaumont, Texas region, and plans to expand into several additional Texas markets within the next 12 months.Prior to his entrepreneurial venture into Synergy HomeCare, Mr. Willett was a portfolio manager for a Houston-based Investment Management firm.

Specialties: Mr. Willett is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.After graduating from undergraduate school in 1993, Mr. Willett accepted a position as an analyst within the Valuation Service Group of Price Waterhouse in Chicago, Illinois.Mr. Willett spent three years in financial consulting before transitioning into the world of investment management.