Having elderly parents makes the worries about their health a daily concern. My 87-year-old dad keeps forgetting things and he even asked the doctor if this was an early sign of Alzheimer or dementia. The answer given by the doctor was that it was part of the aging process, which was not very reassuring.
Dad started to withdraw from community activities and even more so from us, his family. He was more “grumpy”, depressed and hard to communicate with. A friend asked him about his hearing and Dad thought it was adequate for an 87-year-old. However, I took him to Bay Audiology for a hearing test just in case there was an issue and they found that Dad actually has a severe loss of hearing. I’m not sure who was more shocked, me or my dad.