Hearing loss happens gradually. Sometimes a family member or close friend might notice a person is having hearing problems before they notice themselves. Have you noticed that a loved one:
- Frequently asks you or others to repeat themselves when talking
- Expresses difficulty hearing in loud environments
- Complains that everyone is mumbling
- Always has the TV volume up loud
If so, they may be experiencing hearing loss. Research has shown that hearing loss can put a strain on relationships, leaving everyone feeling frustrated, worried or unsure. If someone you love has hearing loss you may be experiencing the same feelings. One of your biggest concerns might be how to help your loved one with hearing loss. Let’s examine a few of the ways you can help.
Talk Openly About Their Hearing Loss
It can be difficult to bring up a loved one’s hearing loss, especially if they haven’t brought it up themselves. Gently pick a time to talk to them about their hearing loss. Tell them the ways it has affected you and let them know your concerns.
Help to Destigmatize Hearing Loss
Your loved one might be embarrassed that you are bringing up their hearing loss. Many people feel there is a stigma around hearing loss and using hearing aids. They fear that if they acknowledge they have a problem hearing, that people will view them as old or incapable. Assure them that you don’t feel that way. Do your research and find out just how common hearing loss is. Let them know that many people wear hearing aids that are discreet and fit in fully with their active lifestyles.
Remind Them of the Benefits of Getting Help
Getting help for hearing loss can add so much to your loved one’s life. Remind them that treating their hearing loss can help improve their relationships, make them feel more confident in social and work interactions, and allow them to experience the world more fully. By managing their hearing loss, they can be more fully present for family dinners or birthday parties at Menil Park.
Help Them Schedule a Hearing Test
Offer to help them schedule a hearing test and offer to take them. Help ease their nerves and stress levels and let them know they have your full support. You can even schedule a test for yourself. It’s never a bad time to prioritize your hearing health!
Call Hearing Systems for more information or to schedule an appointment today.