Resources for Patients and their Families


Mesothelioma is typically characterized by a long latency period and tends to be a disease that affects older victims. As a matter of fact, the average age of a mesothelioma patient is 60 and many patients are much older than that.

Hence, many mesothelioma cancer victims are dealing with a number of other medical issues when they are diagnosed with the disease. Some have diabetes or heart disease. Others have hypertension. In addition, many suffer from both vision and hearing problems, simply due to age.

When a patient is hard of hearing, communication can be frustrating. While family members tend to dismiss the situation and often chuckle at Dad or Grandpa’s poor hearing, when this same person is hospitalized or dealing with a serious illness, the inability to hear well can be downright frightening for patients. They find it difficult to understand what is going on with their care and medical personnel get frustrated when they fails to communicate clearly.

Diseases like pleural mesothelioma or peritoneal mesothelioma are serious and it is important for a patient to be able to hear as well as possible throughout the course of treatment to ensure their peace of mind. That may involve the use of some type of hearing aid.

Getting Help

Hospitals are required by law to have American Sign Language interpreters available for individuals who are deaf. But what about those who aren’t deaf but are simply hard of hearing?

While most medical personnel are patient and understand the limitations of an older individual (or any age individual) with hearing problems, the extra time spent with a hearing-impaired person who is having difficulty understanding what’s happening can be a hindrance. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in a hearing aid for the patient, even if he or she has resisted wearing one to this point.

If you find yourself in this position, hospital personnel may be able to assist you in finding a solution by referring you to an audiologist at the hospital or to a local retail establishment that fits hearing-impaired individuals with hearing aids. The internet is also an excellent place to find hearing aid companies or others that can assist with this situation.

These days, hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes and there are many that can be easily used by a hospital patient, despite the fact that he or she may need to take them in and out for certain procedures. Be sure to find hearing aids that are easy to use, have a long battery life, and are comfortable for the patient. Don’t hesitate to shop around.

Furthermore, you may be able to find an audiologist or other hearing professional that will come to the hospital to fit the patient. This is an invaluable service, especially when the patient is less mobile or undergoing mesothelioma treatment that may make it difficult for them to get around.

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