When someone who you are close to loses their hearing or sight it can become a real challenge for them in many ways. They will need the help of support of those around them while they get used to the changes that are affecting them.
While there are a lot of things that can be done to help people enjoy their senses again, it is important that if you are a partner, friend, or family member of someone who is experiencing hearing or sight loss, that you do your best to help out and make life easier for them
If you want to learn more about helping someone who is experiencing hearing loss or even problems with their sight, here are some tips.
One of the biggest areas of concern for anyone who is experiencing hearing loss, or a change in their ability to see is emotional distress. You may not even notice that they are affected by these problems as they may not be able to express to you how they feel. They may not even know how they are feeling themselves.
But there are some common problems and mental hurdles that many people face when they experience a loss of one of their senses. They may feel isolated. For example, not being able to hear conversations fully can be tough, and it can be embarrassing to have to ask people to repeat themselves. This can make people feel as though they are not part of the conversation.
They may not want you to make a big deal of the situation that they are facing and their independance is very likely to still be something that they will want to maintain, but it is always worth bearing in mind that they may be struggling with a battle that you are unable to see. Have some patience with them and do your best to stay positive for them.
If your loved one has not been to get their hearing or sight tested, then try to encourage them to go and get the test. Do this in a positive way, and if you believe that they will be nervous about going, offer to go with them.
Be Helpful In Your Communication
Don’t make it harder for someone with hearing loss to be able to understand what you are saying. Do your best to make sure that they can hear you by getting closer and facing them when you are talking. Speak up and don’t mumble. The clearer you can speak, the more likely you are to get heard. This will save them the awkwardness of having to get you to repeat yourself constantly, and it will save you the frustration of having to say everything at least twice or three times.
You don’t have to make a big deal about the fact that you are doing these things to help them, but anything that you can do to make things feel as normal as possible for them will help with their general state of mind.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.