Medical Alerts for Seniors with Deafness

Medical Alerts for Seniors with Deafness

time icon 4 min read update icon Sept. 28, 2019


Age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis, occurs in one out of three seniors. The deafness usually happens in both ears equally.

Deafness Overview

Hearing loss usually starts to occur in a person’s 50s, and may gradually get worse. Deafness is normally caused by changes in the inner ear, but on rare occasions, it can be the middle ear that undergoes the alterations. Also, the nerve pathways from the ears to the brain may change.

Many things can contribute to progressive deafness, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Certain medications can also cause hearing loss, such as chemotherapy drugs. Exposure to a lifetime of excessive noise also contributes to deafness later in life.

Deafness Impairment

Deafness affects all avenues of a person’s life. If you cannot hear your doctor explaining your diagnosis and medication instructions, then you will inevitably feel confused. Driving becomes difficult because you can no longer hear car horns or sirens. Simple enjoyments such as watching television are also harder.

  • Driving becomes difficult
  • Phone conversations may be almost impossible
  • Communication with friends and family is disrupted
  • Confusion is common because deafness makes it difficult to follow directions and conversations
  • Depression
  • Feelings of isolation
Medical Alerts Benefits

In the event of an emergency, calling for help using a conventional phone is difficult if you are deaf. With medical alerts, you can quickly and efficiently summon immediate assistance. If you are deaf, you may not hear a fire alarm or burglar alarm alerting you to a home invasion, so having the ability to quickly summon help is imperative.

Deafness symptoms:

  • Difficulty hearing if there is background noise
  • Asking people to repeat themselves
  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Difficulty understanding what someone is saying
  • Needing people to speak very loudly to decipher the words
  • Hearing ringing, hissing or some other odd noise
  • Difficulty hearing the sounds of “S” and “F”
Safety Without Medical Alerts

A person who is suffering from some degree of deafness can opt to live life without medical alerts, but they should follow a few safety precautions.

  • Difficulty understanding others: Keep a pen and pencil handy to have people write out what they are saying.
  • Vibration system: Use a vibration system to let you know if a window is broken during a home invasion.
Deafness Precautions
  • Smoke alarms: Install smoke alarms that feature strobe lights instead of sounds.
  • Amplified headsets: Use amplified headsets on all phones.
  • TTY: Use a TTY device for phone conversations.
Deafness Medical Alerts Conclusion

Having a medical alert system in place is a benefit if you are hearing impaired because you will not need to rely on a TTY system or an amplified headset to make an emergency call. With medical alerts, you can quickly and efficiently summon help. Although medical alert services are not a necessity, they are beneficial and they do provide peace of mind. In the event of an emergency, the system can be a true lifesaver.

Kimberly Sharpe - Senior Advisor

Kimberly is senior researcher with Grandfolk® providing in-depth product and service reviews to empower senior buying decisions.