Getting help for a loved one

Help your loved one take the first step towards resuming the life they love.

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What you'll find on this page

  • How you can support a loved one.
  • How others have coped with a loved one's hearing loss.
  • What you can do next.

Losing your hearing may seem like a part of ageing that's unavoidable, but there are ways to help improve your hearing, even when hearing aids no longer work. Research suggests a link between hearing loss and loneliness, depression and dementia.1,2

That's why if you think your loved one has hearing loss, it's important they take action as soon as possible. Ignoring the signs can affect more than just their ability to hear. It can also affect their confidence, relationships and self-esteem.

There are options for hearing loss that can help your loved one regain what they've been missing.

"Since getting his Kanso®, Tom's doing so well. It's amazing. I feel like he's back. He's my husband again. A big burden has been lifted off me, too. He can actually talk on the phone now!"

- Brenda K, wife of Tom K, Cochlear™ Nucleus® Kanso® recipient

What is the first step to helping a loved one?

People with hearing loss often say they feel alone. It's hard for them, but it's also hard for the people who love them. Watching someone close to you shut themselves off from the world can be heartbreaking. Don't let this happen.

You can help your loved one by talking to them about hearing loss. You can tell them that even though they may be dissatisfied with their hearing aids, it's not the end of the road.

Other options, such as cochlear implants or bone conduction implants, can help them get back to the life they love.

The first step is to find a hearing health professional who can talk to your loved one, test their hearing and help them find the right solution for their needs.

Find a hearing implant specialist near you

There are no clinics close to you.

You can search for clinics in a different location, or contact Cochlear to understand what the next steps for you would be.

Disclaimer

Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.

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References

  1. Contrera K, Sung Y, Betz J, Li L, Lin F. Change in loneliness after intervention with cochlear implants or hearing aids. The Laryngoscope. 2017;127(8):1885-1889.

  2. Rutherford B, Brewster K, Golub J, Kim A, Roose S. Sensation and Psychiatry: Linking Age-Related Hearing Loss to Late-Life Depression and Cognitive Decline. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2018;175(3):215-224.