Dear Carol: My dad suffers hearing loss so severe that even though he wears hearing aids people often have to write down what they are trying to tell him. Since I live out of town, I call my parents often, but Dad must rely on Mom to tell him what I say. I know he feels left out, but I don’t know how to help him. I love my Dad, and I feel sad that we can’t communicate directly. Andrea
Dear Andrea: First of all, I'm assuming that your dad has the best hearing aids he can get and has investigated all other avenues.