My mother/father/aunt/etc. is 85 years old and may not be around too much longer.
Is it a waste to try and fit him/her with hearing aids?
This is a concern we sometimes hear. I’ve worked with patients of all ages, and I’ve found that no matter if the person is 4 years old or 104, being able to communicate well is always important. Hearing is our most social sense that connects us to the world around us, and as we get older it is especially important to keep ourselves active and engaged with others — and to keep the brain active and engaged.
I’ve often seen patients with untreated hearing loss back out of conversations or isolate themselves, which directly affects their quality of life. Hearing aids will keep your loved one engaged with those around them, which can enrich their life now and into the future.