My brother and SIL came to visit this week. My mother had a hard time following the conversation. She doesn't hear well. This isn't new. I have been having to say things 2-3 times since I've been here. Part of it is because she doesn't hear. The other is that she doesn't comprehend quickly. I takes her longer to process the words.
My SIL mentioned hearing aids several times. I've been avoiding getting them because I know my mother. She'll try them once or twice and then probably say she doesn't like the way things sound with them. She is also technologically challenged. She has a very difficult time with remote controls and never even advanced to the video-age. She said she couldn't figure out how to work the machines. There is something about buttons and dials that just don't register with her. I don't know if she would be able to handle hearing aids.
She also misplaces things quite regularly. I would love for her to be able to hear better, but I know her well enough to predict she won't like the hearing aids, will have a hard time operating them, and will take them out and misplace them, never to be seen again.
Now I am wondering if I should take her to the ear doctor and give the hearing aids a try, or should I trust my instincts and leave well enough alone. I would love to get some advice from people whose parents have dementia about hearing aids. If we do get some, what would be the best kind? Dementia adds a new consideration to hearing aids. We bought an amplified phone for her. She can hear it better, but still has considerable problems comprehending what is said.