Sometimes this is such a thankless job!

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No matter how much you do, someone always thinks they know better. Mom had problems with both her hearing aids. With her dementia, she isn't even aware when one or the other isn't working or how well its working. We know something is wrong when we end up having to scream for her to hear us. Over a period of two weeks I made five 30 mile round trips, picking up one hearing aid, then the other, getting it cleaned, taking it back. Then finding out one was broken a day later, taking it to the store to have it sent to be repaired, bring it back to her, only to find out a day later that the other one wasn't working either. Back and forth, etc. So I encounter two of her friends in the hallway - and what do they do? They indignantly chastise me because I should be buying her new hearing aids like they have and I should be doing something to help her. Of course, they have no idea her dementia is so bad, she wouldn't be able to figure the new ones out - she can't work her own oven or dishwasher. A new $5000 set would be ruined by her because she NEVER cleans them, refuses to go down and have them cleaned when the lady comes to the facility. She loses the tools, peels the tabs off the batteries and puts them all together so the batteries are half dead when she uses them and half the time she puts the dead ones back with the new ones. But, no, its all my fault she can't hear! I had all I could do not to blow up and tell them to go "you know where", but they are old ladies and they stick together so I'm the bad guy@#!! I repeat, Mom needs to be in AL where there are people to monitor these things, but alas, she will never go until she falls and breaks something...............


I understand. Probably her hearing aids are about useless unless someone remembers to make sure she's wearing them, that they're cleaned, and that the batteries are still good. Have a family friend with dementia in the same boat.

Next time the ladies gang up on you, enlist them to help if you can -- and if they will. Let them know she needs reminders (if you dare) and that sometimes her batteries aren't working.

I sympathize. Can't shoot 'em, though. ;) ;)
Oh, I understand. My mother is very hard of hearing. I have repeatedly pondered hearing aids for her, then backed off. The reason is that she would not be able to work them correctly. She has never understood any technology. She would decide quickly that she didn't like the way things sounded with them on, so wouldn't wear them. Then she will blame them for imaginary infections of her ears. She often has "ear infections" that have no basis in fact. I know that the multi-thousand dollar investment would be quickly set aside and blamed for all the bad things going on with her body.

Still people say that I ought to see about getting hearing aids for them. Their words fall on my own deaf ears. I know one thing that most aren't aware of -- half of her hearing problem is from processing the words. I often say things three times -- once to get her attention, once for her to hear, and a third time for her to understand what I'm saying. It gets old, but it is just the way it is.
Have to add that I though the Lyric hearing aids sounded perfect for her. Then I realized they wouldn't work because imaginary infections would set in, so she would want them removed before her ears rotted out. (sigh) The Lyric have to be replaced every few months, so that would be another thing to deal with. If they worked I wouldn't mind the expense and inconvenience. But I already know that they will cause "infections," so there is no reason to waste the money. I know my mother.
Rising my hand.... me, too, issues with Mom and her hearing aids.

My Mom refuses to believe it is HER EARS that are no longer working, not her hearing aids. She still believes if she has her ears cleaned she could hear better. Mom also wanted that hearing aid that goes into the ear canal, but the doctor said two things why she wouldn't recommend the Lyric... one is that Mom's ears produce too much wax... and two, the Lyric are mainly for people who are just starting to lose their hearing.

Talking to Mom in person is a challenge, I hope when we are out and about people don't think I am YELLING at my Mom. I have to be a walking Thesaurus to come up with other words hoping my Mom will understand one of them, and at my age it is getting harder and harder to do, I can't think that quickly any more :(

And the telephone has becoming interesting, Mom thinks every time she gets on the phone she needs to hit the *boost* button to raise the volume, 90% of the time she hits something else and we get disconnected :P

Are we having fun yet?
if i had to help an elder get hearing aids id see if one could be purchased just for their strongest ear . two hearing aids dont work for edna . i believe her comprehension is better just listening with one ear . personally , i cant hold a phone to my right ear . i hear the phone just fine but its just words to my brain . my brain only takes input from the left ear . try one device on the elder , thats what im gettin at . my theory isnt about hearing , its about comprehension .
My mother won't even try them. I live 1500 miles away, so we have no communication, at all. She is 95 and in a NH. I sympathize with you.
Its very sad what aging does to us, especially growing deaf. Denial and lying is a big defense to protect their growing disability. (My spouse is getting deaf and I have to constantly repeat myself, but according to him, its my fault. We have never had arguments until now - my frustration from having to repeat myself, and his for thinking I am not talking right.) And it is so embarrassing for us who have to almost shout to be heard in public or constantly translate because they can't hear the waitress, store clerk, etc. (I've found that when I have to shout like that, it psychologically gets me stressed and riled up and I feel angry, then guilty.)
I would advise any of you of two things (because hearing aids are so expensive). If your parent is mentally healthy, get good ones. If he/she has dementia, get cheaper ones that adjust automatically. (Mom had the others and she kept turning them up and down constantly) Also, get an extra warranty on them because after a year, if they break down the cost is hundreds of dollars to fix. And in the past five years, Mom has lost one or both at least three times. She refuses to put them in the box, just lays them on the dresser, or puts them on a kleenex and probably throws them away. Once I found one of the sets floating around in the back of her sock drawer.
As far as talking on the phone with hearing aids. One is supposed to hold the phone about an inch away from the earpiece - try telling that to a stubborn 90 year old who crams it against her ear so she gets feedback. Good luck everyone!
You are doing a fantasti job. Your love and compassion shines through. Don't take the two ladies to heart. I am always saying stupid things, but what I am thinking is she doing a great job. ; her mother is lucky to have her.
AmyGrace, same happening here at my house, too, my sig other thinks I am mumbling.... yet he will watch TV with the volume so low that I can barely hear it... but I do realize different pitches can or cannot be heard.

I don't know if sig other is becoming hearing challenged or if he just doesn't pay attention.... probably the latter..... if I was dressed in football gear or dribbling a basketball maybe then he will listen :P
freqflyer: probably your husband has the volume low on sports because the announcers are so darn annoying and he doesn't need the volume to know what is happening most of the time ! (actually I'm a football fan and by halftime, I've turned the volume off - enough babble!) My spouse turns the volume up for Nascar and I can hear it 5 rooms away. But, if we watch a movie, then we put closed caption on which compensates, thank goodness. Since mom is deaf, I know my turn will come. But, when I can no longer hear the birds sing, you can bet I will be at the audiologist right away. I will not embarrass myself by continually asking people to repeat themselves, or yell. And I don't want to miss hearing the beauty of nature!

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