The signs that your loved one has a hearing loss came on gradually. Little things such as turning the volume up on the TV too loudly or asking you to repeat yourself more and more frequently.
It was when they started to become withdrawn and uninterested in going out with family and friends that you really became concerned. Deep inside, you knew this wasn’t right.
You’ve been wanting talk to your loved one for some time about their hearing loss. Yet the right moment never seems to come along. And if it does, you find yourself speechless. You don’t want to upset them, but at the same time you don’t want to see them struggle any longer.
You wonder how they’ll react. Will they get angry? Embarrassed?
For many people with a hearing loss, it is embarrassing. Some worry about the stigmas attached to hearing loss. Old age. Having a disability.
But approaching your loved one about their hearing is the best thing you can do for them. Because the longer treatment is put off, the more difficult it is to treat when they finally do seek care.
In this blog, we take a look at how to approach the subject with your loved one and suggest they visit an audiologist for help.
Do some research
The internet is the place to go. Here you can find a wealth of information on hearing loss. Write down some facts and key notes. With a few figures, you can point out that your loved is not suffering alone. Visit The National Institution on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to get started.
You could also download a few brochures or bookmark a few websites that explain and show what modern hearing aids look like. You’ll find that the majority of them are small, almost invisible devices. They are far from the clunky devices from years ago.
A heart-to-heart talk
Don’t mention their hearing loss completely out of the blue. Arrange a time when you can sit down together without any distractions.
Before you begin, consider how they may feel and react. Ask your loved one about their thoughts or concerns about their hearing. Explain some of the signs you’ve noticed and let them know you care and are concerned.
Don’t insist on hearing aids immediately, but instead recommend a trip to the audiologist. Your loved one may already feel depressed or withdrawn – raising your voice is likely to upset them more and nothing will be accomplished.
Seek further support
If you find having this conversation difficult, you don’t have to do it alone. You could ask family or close friends to help you. They could verify your observations and also encourage your loved one to seek help.
This may help your loved one to realize that their hearing loss isn’t only impacting their life but the lives of those around them. They just may feel motivated and ready to take action.
Do this as a family
When your loved one is ready to visit the audiologist, show that you are behind them 100% and have a hearing test as well. This will let them know how much your care about their hearing and their overall wellbeing. And, of course, it is never too early to get your hearing tested either.
At Audiology Associates, our doctors and staff are committed to helping our patients on their journey to better hearing. With nine convenient Maryland locations, we offer you individualized care and support. Book your hearing test today by contacting Audiology Associates here.