​Aging Ear Facts Your Elderly Loved One Might Want to Know

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Posted: 5/11/2021 9:28 PM by Interim HealthCare
Do you wonder whether your elderly loved one can hear you anymore? Maybe you have caught them saying “huh” or “what’ way more than they used to. This is mostly normal with people who are over 65. There are many changes that can happen to someone’s hearing when they get older. Keep reading here to learn about some of the basic aging ear facts today. 

High-Frequency Sound Issues

Have you or a senior care provider noticed that your elderly loved one struggles to hear higher-frequency sounds? Maybe they can’t hear consonants as well as they did a few years ago. This is something that happens to most people when they get older. However, it can make it quite difficult to have good conversations with people. Your elderly loved one might not be able to fully understand what is being said. If this is the case, you may want to have your elderly loved one see their doctor so they can discuss getting hearing aids. These could help them to hear high-frequency sounds a bit better. 

Trouble Hearing Extremely Low-Frequency Sounds

You or a senior care provider might have noticed your elderly loved one is having trouble hearing sounds that are very low in frequency. These are sounds or words that may also be very difficult for your elderly loved one to understand. If your elderly loved one is having trouble hearing these sounds, you can have them talk with their doctor to see if anything can be done about it. Sometimes, hearing aids can be beneficial. You or the person who is speaking may need to talk in a different manner, so your elderly loved one can understand better, too. 

Having More Earwax and Ear Hair

Did you know that people often have more earwax as they get older? If this is happening with your elderly loved one, this could also be causing more hair to grow in their ears. Both of these things could be making it more difficult for your elderly loved one to hear when you or other people are talking to them. If this is happening, you may want to have your loved one’s doctor clean their ears out, if possible. You may also be able to get a device that cleans their ears out. Hopefully, this will help your elderly loved one to hear better.


These are some of the aging ear facts that you and your elderly loved one may want to know. Now that you know these things, hopefully, you can get a better understanding of why your elderly loved one can’t hear that well. This information might help your elderly loved one to figure out how to hear better, too. 


If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Draper, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility. Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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