Its an odd pace
elderly and sound
Some need quiet
others quite loud
With aging comes the issue of hearing loss. It is not the case with every person, however.
I also notice that hard of hearing people can hear things when they really want to hear what you are saying.
“I know you are talking about me so no need to whisper,” one of my clients hollered recently.
“The shift went well. She seemed really tired today.” I whisper to the woman replacing me.
“What did you say?”
“We were just talking about how your day went.” I say much louder.
“Well you don’t need to be huffy about it,”
I make an effort to speak slowly and clearly without yelling at my clients or I will soon be deaf.
Most of my clients enjoy a quiet environment. It seems as we grow older we grow less tolerant to “noise.”
Scientists believe that elderly have a harder time “filtering out noises” than younger people do. Too many sounds in a room mingle into one distracting humm.
I remember my dad when we visited (with small children) would turn off his hearing aids. I knew he was on noise overload.
So rule of thumb if you are trying to give an elderly friend or family member instructions (or want to have a conversation) mute or better yet turn off the TV or music. For someone with Alzheimers or any memory deficit, we want them to feel as clear minded as possible.
Thanks to the hosts for another week of the A to Z challenge.
Do like a quiet or a loud environment?