Many older people have hearing problems. Every third person between 60 and 70 does not hear well anymore. On the other side of the 70th birthday, every second person has a hearing loss. "But not all people are aware of their hearing loss", Dr. Karin Uphoff from the Fördergemeinschaft Gutes Hören. "Hearing impairments often develop slowly over years, making one habituated to inferior hearing, so the majority of the hearing-impaired elderly are not provided with hearing aids at all, and these people forego a significant portion of their quality of life."
Listening to installments
Most older people have difficulty hearing high notes, especially when they are quiet. Bird chirping and doorbells or telephone rings are often not heard anymore. The human language is also located in the damaged frequency range. Therefore, consonants are often no longer understood correctly. Thus, "d" and "t" or "f" and "s" and other consonants are hard to distinguish when listening.
Conversation becomes the cloze text
Every conversation becomes a void text. Listening then requires an enormous concentration. You only understand it if you know what it's all about anyway. But many things are misunderstood or not understood at all. The consequences are obvious: Encounters with other people are becoming increasingly difficult. People are retreating because they do not want to be a burden to their interlocutors or to avoid frustration from the outset. Distrust and loneliness often include depression are common consequences. With hearing aids, therefore, not only the communication of the people improves, but also their lives.
The bus goes to the city center. Hannelore L. (71) sits in the middle of the busy bus. The nice young woman on the neighboring seat has said something to her. Hannelore L. has understood. A nice conversation develops ... Just a few years ago, this everyday situation would have looked very different. Ms. L. has a hearing loss that she did not want to have for a long time. She was embarrassed by problems with understanding and she tried to play them over. In the situation in the loud bus she would certainly have understood nothing. But she probably would have nodded in the hope that it was a trivial statement. A conversation would have hardly resulted, rather depressing silence.
In the meantime, Ms. L. has been supplied with hearing aids by the audiologist and thus has hardly any communication problems. And if so, she also says, "Can you repeat that, I did not understand you." The contact with family, neighbors and friends has since become better and more relaxed. A longtime friend stated: "In the past, you used to be so suspicious and distant, today you are interested in many things and we can laugh together again.