The Ultimate Eyewear CompanyIn 2012 Action on Hearing Loss produced a report on the challanges and problems facing older people in care home settings. It found that care home residents are disproportionately affected by hearing loss. They reported that around three-quarters of older people who live in these settings have a hearing loss and, as the number of people in care homes increases, more and more residents will be affected by hearing loss.

A report by Cook et al 2006, found that sensori impairment (such as hearing loss) had a significant impact on care home residents ability to interact socially, leading to feelings of isolation and depression. It highlighted a need for more staff involvement and education around the topic to ensure the environment optimises the residents’ ability to fully engage in the residential community.

Proposed standards for care homes regarding hearing loss include the following areas of concentration: 1. Diagnosis of hearing loss – regular testing and early identification, 2. Communication and recording of hearing loss – should be documented and monitored, 3. Hearing aids and wax management – maintenance and aural hygiene, 4. Buildings – assistive devices and facilities, 5. Communication – sign, lip reading and hearing tactics, 6. Information – education and advice on access.

We provide a domiciliary service to the local care homes and retirement villages surrounding our hearing centre. We aim to provide support for our own patients and where possible cater for NHS hearing aid patients. We have definitely found that some care homes are more receptive to than others with regards to hearing aid provision. If your family member is in a care home and you would like them to have a hearing assessment contact us on 01494 76144.