As aging in place professionals, we need to be sensitive to the fact that people may not be able to hear us as well as we expect when we are talking with them or that we need to include visual signals in their home to signal alarms, doorbells, and other sounding devices to make sure they are noticed.
Over a lifetime, there are concerts that we have attended, loud restaurants or night spots where we have been, and we have mowed the lawn and run countless tools, small engines, and appliances - often with noisy motors and without taking adequate precautions to muffle the loud noises.
The point is that people - over their lifetime to whatever their age - have experienced many sounds and noises that may have impacted their hearing or may in the future. This is what we need to be aware of and take into account as aging-in-place professionals so we can work more effectively with people.
The good news is that technology is coming out with many ways to work with this issue - and likely will continue to do so. Still, protecting our hearing is serious business - as are the constant threats to it.