What do you do when your loved one shows signs of a hearing loss?
Sure, it would be easy to ignore it and let time take its course. No one likes to be confronted about a problem – and if it’s health-related, it’s easy to become offended or slip into further denial.
But ignoring it won’t make it go away. And the longer hearing loss goes untreated, the worse it becomes.
So, it’s best to talk to them about their hearing loss in a kind, sensitive way.
Here are some tips for making this conversation go smoothly.
Choose the right moment.
Talking about something as serious as hearing loss shouldn’t be a quick exchange of words. Telling them out of the blue that there’s a problem will likely catch them off guard.
Instead, set aside some quiet time for a sincere heart-to-heart.
Before beginning, consider how your loved one might feel. They might feel ashamed or embarrassed about their hearing or not even realize there’s a problem.
Don’t pounce on your loved one and say they need hearing aids. They are likely to become defensive, and the conversation won’t last long.
Instead, first talk about the hearing loss signs you’ve noticed. Perhaps they’ve struggled to follow group conversations. Or they’ve frequently asked you to repeat yourself. Maybe you’ve found yourself turning the TV volume down because they keep increasing it to uncomfortably loud levels.
Ask them if they’ve realized any of these behaviors, and then explain that hearing loss is common – they aren’t alone in this. By showing you understand their concerns and fears, you’ll be talking to them at the same level – you won’t come across as being bossy.
Have research on standby.
If your loved one appears resistant to hearing aids, ask why. They might have a preconceived notion that they are unattractive, bulky, and not very effective.
Show them a collection of brochures or a few websites that illustrate what modern-day hearing aids look like – virtually invisible devices with technology that makes a world of difference.
Reassure them that with the right help, their hearing can be improved and you’ll support them every step of the way. You don’t have to do this alone, though.
Family can be a wonderful support system. They too can explain how they’ve noticed a few signs of hearing loss. Making hearing health care a family venture will help your loved one to understand that hearing loss affects not only the person with a hearing loss but also those closest to them.
Offer to attend hearing appointments with your loved one, and have your hearing tested too – it’s never too early to care for your ears!
The first step.
When your loved one is ready for a hearing test, don’t hesitate to call Hear More Associates. We’ll ensure your visit is a stress-free, positive experience – from hearing test to hearing aids.
With 14 locations within the Lexington and Boston vicinity, our team is committed to doing whatever it takes to help restore your hearing. Our commitment to your success is backed up by a money-back guarantee. Call 781-863-8282 for your Free Hearing Evaluation.