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Sacramento Boomer

Ask the Experts: July 2019

Jul 01, 2019 11:44AM

Q: How do I know when someone is ready to transition into an independent and/or assisted living facility?

A: Moving can be stressful. However, moving to a senior living community helps make aging well a reality. When you or a loved one are exploring your options, consider the following:

· Is my home becoming a burden?

· Is my mobility decreasing?

· Is social interaction a priority?

· Is my well-being a concern?

· Am I starting to feel unsafe at home?

If you answered “yes” to any the above, consider looking into assisted and/or independent living.

—Betsy Donovan, SVP Chief Operating Officer Eskaton 

Locations throughout the Sacramento region, 916-334-1072,

Q: What causes hearing loss and are there warning signs I might be experiencing it?

A: Hearing loss can be caused by excessive exposure to loud noises, aging, ototoxic drugs, diabetes, viral infections, ear infections, and excessive cerumen buildup in the ear canal. Common warning signs that one has hearing loss include the following:

1. Difficulties hearing amongst background noise.

2. Asking others to repeat themselves.

3. Asking others to speak louder.

4. Difficulties hearing women and/or children.

5. Trouble hearing high-pitched sounds and consonants.

6. Turning the television or radio louder than others prefer it to be.

7. Withdrawing from social situations or settings.

It’s imperative to obtain a baseline-hearing test to determine if there are changes with the hearing and monitor it over time.

—Roselynn Young, AuD, CCC-A Roseville Diagnostic Hearing Center

1411 Secret Ravine Parkway, Suite 120, Roseville, 916-780-4200,