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What do I need to know about caring for someone with hearing damage?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
When caring for someone with hearing damage, it is important to remember that they may experience depression, anxiety, and anger if the damage has led to hearing loss and impaired their ability to communicate. They may be frustrated by their impairment. They also may falsely believe you are angry with them. They may seem angry if they have lost some ability to hear their own voice and speak too loudly. Even if the loss is temporary, face them when speaking to them, which will help them hear you better and read your lips. The person may need help to get to medical appointments; driving with hearing loss is dangerous for those not practiced in driving using full-view mirrors or other such equipment. 

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