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Audiology tests and hearing aid provision when dementia causes strong resistance

Discussion in 'I have a partner with dementia' started by Chunky, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Chunky

    Chunky Registered User

    Mar 18, 2016
    13
    My OH has hearing aids for both ears unfortunately one is lost and the other comes apart. She is not cooperative for ear syringing or suction and needs new molds for both ears so that new aids can be provided .The audiology department seem unable to come up with a solution. Has anyone experienced a similar problem and been able to get help when facing resistance to these procedures?
     
  2. Shedrech

    Shedrech Volunteer Moderator

    Dec 15, 2012
    7,747
    Yorkshire
    hi @Chunky
    is there no way to access the moulds taken previously ... or use generic aids
    would your husband let you take a mould for one ear at least
    sorry, I clearly don't have personal experience

    I know with my dad's eyesight it became more the case that he couldn't 'see' because his brain wasn't processing properly, rather than because he was short sighted ... so I'm wondering how much of a difference the hearing aids would make
     
  3. Chunky

    Chunky Registered User

    Mar 18, 2016
    13
    Thanks for replying. I enquired about molds which were taken 2.5 years ago when she was able to be more cooperative but was told that they throw them away! Have just found previous ear peices and will ask if they can use these in conjunction with the test results achieved previously. I am sure that having the aids really improves her quality of life even with her apparrent limited understanding. It is an area which needs research, I cannot think that OH situation is a one off.
     
  4. Trekker

    Trekker Registered User

    Jun 18, 2019
    157
    Female
    London
    I managed to get my dad’s hearing aids fitted after 4 visits, one change of NHS contract, one lost set of molds, only for him to refuse to let carer put aids in. He has moderate dementia, my mother worse, and she spends much of the time telling him off. I think he may prefer not to hear.
     
  5. Olliebeak

    Olliebeak Registered User

    Sep 13, 2014
    53
    Buckinghamshire
    Could she have the sort of digital aid that has the little plastic tubes with tiny buds in the ear? No moulds needed. I know someone who has them on the NHS.
     

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