Did you know that diabetes can affect your hearing? Yes, it’s true! Your high blood sugar can be a detriment to overall health, including eyesight and your ears.1 For senior citizens, including those in Belmont, this is especially worrying. As humans age, we will gradually and naturally lose some of our hearing acuteness.2 Thus, for aging adults and loved ones with diabetes care needs, the concern for hearing loss is real.
Hearing recommendations for Belmont seniors receiving diabetes careOk, so now that you know about the link between hearing loss and diabetes, what can you do about it to help your Belmont senior? The best thing you can do is to encourage your senior in his or her overall good health. This includes:
- Your senior receiving diabetes care should avoid or quit smoking. Not only does smoking increase your risks for a host of other health issues like cancer, heart disease and more, but it also can affect your hearing as well.3
- Good diabetes care includes eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Nutrition directly affects your Belmont senior’s glucose levels, so it’s critical that he or she manages food intake closely. If you live far away from your loved one who lives by him- or herself, it’s easy to worry about his or her health. Thankfully, NuevaCare’s caregivers can help your senior with grocery shopping, meal preparation and more.
- Exercise is another key factor in maintaining overall health. Yes, it can be harder for seniors to get out and about, but that doesn’t mean that your Belmont senior doesn’t need at least a little exercise each week. NuevaCare’s diabetes care team can help with transportation assistance so that your senior gets a ride to physical therapy, an exercise class or even a local park as needed.
For Belmont seniors with noticeable hearing loss, here are some suggestions for family members wanting to support their senior:
- Hearing loss comes with a certain level of fear because it means a loss of control. Support and encourage your senior receiving diabetes care whenever possible.
- Make sure that your senior gets the necessary doctor visits, hearing aids and hearing tests needed.
- Avoid large group settings with your Belmont senior as he or she will have a harder time hearing the conversations.
- When you want to talk to your senior, get his or her attention and look him or her in the eye when conversing. This will ensure that he or she understands what is being said.
- Don’t treat your senior in a manner that says, “if you can’t hear, you must be dumb.” You can act this way even without meaning to, so be aware!
Sources: (1) http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/seniors/diabetes-and-hearing-loss.html, https://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/living-with/how-to-keep-diabetes-from-affecting-your-hearing/, https://www.starkey.com/blog/2015/11/Diabetes-and-hearing-loss, http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/complications/other/diabetes-and-hearing-loss, http://nuevacare.com/aug-12-your-loved-one-and-hearing-loss/, (2) https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/age-related-hearing-loss, (3) https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/50940-Smoking-and-hearing-loss