Keeping Older Relatives Connected

Keeping Older Relatives Connected

15 April 2020

One of the biggest complaints about hearing aid batteries is their short life. Lasting anywhere from three to 22 days, it’s one of the must-have items for anyone reliant on devices to ensure their communication is effective and rewarding.

Social isolation during the pandemic affects some people a lot more than others. Hearing aid users are, in general, older people, and these are the people most strongly urged to avoid contact with others. Loneliness and a sense of disconnection can be the result for those who can’t contact family or friends.

Older people are embracing technology like never before, often with help of family members patiently delivering instructions over the phone. No matter how well connected they are, if their hearing aid fails their communication and connectedness suffer.

Hearing aid user, Mel Gilchrist, says, “Most people with extensive hearing loss like mine (55-60%) are elderly and if they are at home in isolation, alone or with their partner, this will be a stressful time.

“Elderly people generally watch more TV and listen to the radio and would rely on their hearing aids much more, especially if they aren’t so mobile and are relying on others to look after them, do their shopping etc. They’re going to need to communicate their needs more. If they’re unable to access batteries that really is going to add to their level of stress.”

If you’re not hard of hearing, a hearing aid battery is not something you’d usually think of, and many older people don’t want to ask for favours for fear of putting someone out. If you’re checking in with loved ones, ask if they need batteries for their hearing aid. It might be the most thoughtful and caring thing you could do to keep them connected with the outside world. While on your shopping trip, pop into Battery World armed with the type of hearing aid battery you need. We’ll be glad to help.