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Hearing Loss among Elders

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Consider this statement "Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf was asked which disability affected her the most, she replied that blindness separated her from things, while deafness separated her from people" (Cacioppo and Freberg, 2013, pg 209). As people age, hearing loss is normal developmental change.

How does loss of hearing relate to loss of relationships?

What do you think?

Does this create a new sense of empathy in the aging process?

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As a person who has a father who suffers from severe hearing loss at the age of 70years, I can definitely attest to the fact that hearing loss creates a major communication and social barrier for elders. My fathers hearing loss is a result of tinnitus, "the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. It's a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder ( Mayo Clinic, 2016)". Hearing loss, at any age, can result in a loss of relationships for several reasons. First, those who suffer from hearing loss are often embarrassed to admit that they are ...

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This solution describes how age related hearing loss relates to the loss of relationships and increased empathy in the aging process.