Children exposed to HIV in the womb at increased risk for hearing loss

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This is my paternal grandmother, who I helped get to an audiologist appointment recently.

For those with an elderly relative who is experiencing dementia and s/he refuses to keep hearing aids in the ears (as she was), there may be a different way to go about helping your person maintain connection to the outside world.

G’ma’s audiologist commented that many people in this situation have increasingly sensitive ear canals so putting a hearing aid in there can cause them discomfort (which they very sensibly avoid by removing the hearing devices!). Under the advisement of the audiologist I paid a worthwhile visit to Radio Shack to buy a little pocket-sized device called an audio amplifier. You can plug in an external headset and talk at normal range into the amp. The whole setup (pocket amp, headphones, a pack of AAA batteries) cost under and after I took it back to the assisted living facility to see if she’d tolerate this new thing the RAs and I delighted in-

1.)not having to yell (hollering to communicate is not done with an angry tone yet feels too much like mean-yelling!), and
2)seeing G’ma actually HEAR the vacuum cleaner that someone was using in the building.

She engaged. : )

I wrote about her here.

Children exposed to HIV in the womb at increased risk for hearing loss
"Children exposed to HIV before birth are at higher risk for hearing difficulty, and it's important for them―and the health providers who care for them―to be aware of this," said George K. Siberry, M.D., of the Pediatric, Adolescent, and Maternal …
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