Audiologist Assistance to Family Caregivers
By Dennis A. Colucci, AuD, MA
The explosion of older adults in need of home healthcare is overwhelming, leaving families and friends with the responsibility of caregiving, including hearing care. Hearing loss and changes to central auditory processing have been shown to affect brain size, memory and cognitive processing, and possibly, Alzheimer’s disease (Colucci. HJ 2015:4;48). Because hearing aids can reduce the effects of central presbycusis, using them should be a daily priority. Implementing hearing care does not need to be burdensome; rather, it can be routine when hearing devices are easy to use and a simple written schedule of use, functional operations, and cleaning and maintenance is put in place.