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What should I know about caring for someone with conductive hearing loss?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
If you are caring for someone with conductive hearing loss, encourage that person to seek treatment. Conductive hearing loss is typically easy to treat with medication or surgery. If treatment cannot resolve your loved one's hearing loss, you can help by being supportive and helping them cope. Hearing aids, light alarms, closed captions on television programs are all ways that people with hearing loss cope over the long term, and you should be sure that you always speak loudly and clearly. They may need help getting around, since it takes time and equipment like full-view mirrors to learn to drive properly with impaired hearing. Remember that your loved one may experience feelings of depression, anxiety, social isolation and frustration due to hearing loss. Your loved one may need emotional support as well as physical care.

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