My grandparents are in their 90's and are interested in hearing aids, but they are also nervous they will buy them and end up not using them. I would love to hear other patient's and healthcare professions experience and ease of use once adjusted properly

Margaret ("Peggy") Tomko

Professional Member

19 December 2017 - 766 Views

I agree with Raji Parangad, MAud: having a supportive family plays a huge role in how successful the elderly are with their first set of hearing aids. The use and maintenance of hearing aids is not complicated, but it does take some practice and learning. Many elderly folks are able to be independent with hearing aids, but some will always need some support. The benefit of modern hearing aids is often enough to motivate patients to practice and become independent (although there are some factors, such as dexterity, vision, cognition, auditory processing, etc. that may be an obstacle).

I would recommend that you or another family member accompany your grandparents to their appointments with a hearing healthcare professional to learn about hearing aid options and help them make an informed decision.

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Raji Parangad

Hearing Healthcare Provider in Wellington Point

29 October 2016 - 1.12K Views

Hearing aids would be highly benificial ti improve their quality of life. Modern aids are very simple to use and manage. The newer rechargable aids will take the hassle of changing batteries..which is a great plus. Your hearing aid provider will have some demonstration models or some places will even offer a trial aids as loan. That will be a  good starting point. Once your grandparents get a hang of using it and see the benefit I'm sure they'll love the experience... As a professional I find family support and encouragement plays a  big role in rehabilitation outcome. 

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Caleb D
Caleb D 28 October 2016
Hi there! The oldest patient I've ever fit hearing aids was 100 years old. She thoroughly enjoyed them for at least 2 years, and we eventually fit her hearing aids to her son-in-law. It's certainly understandable to be nervous, but with a little effort, hearings aids will have an absolutely positive effect on your life. I believe it's standard throughout the United States to have a 30 day return period. Many practices allow up to 90 days. We like to encourage other family members, such as children and grandchildren, to attend the initial appointments in order to learn how they can assist their family member during the "learning curve". People who have been properly fit with hearing aids say they don't know how they lived without them. :)
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