Yes, it’s possible that people can still hear at the end of life, even if they can no longer communicate or respond in the same way as before. Many healthcare professionals and family members report hearing may be one of the last senses before death.
Even if someone is unresponsive or appears to be sleeping, it’s important to continue speaking to them and providing comfort and reassurance. Hearing familiar voices and sounds can be comforting and reassuring and help the person feel more connected to their loved ones and surroundings.
It’s also important to remember that a person’s spiritual or religious beliefs may influence their experience at the end of life. Providing opportunities for prayer, meditation, or other spiritual practices may be important for some people, even if they can no longer communicate in the same way.
Ultimately, it’s important to provide comfort, reassurance, and support to the person during this difficult time, regardless of their ability to communicate or respond. The hospice team or other healthcare professionals can guide and support families and caregivers in end-of-life care.