Talking with a loved one about hearing loss
How to help those you care about get the help they need
Hearing loss doesn’t just affect the person with the loss. Family and friends often experience the same frustrations and heatbreak at seeing someone they care about withdraw from activities. The negative effects of hearing loss cast a wide net.
Convincing a loved one to seek help isn't easy. Positive encouragement is the key to getting their appointment scheduled. We will provide you with some dos and don’ts to help you approach this important subject.
You are likely to get RESISTANCE
People tend to wait when they start to lose their hearing. The volume can be turned up on the TV or they can ask you to repeat what you said. Here are some pushback responses we have heard before:
My family doctor would have told me if I have hearing loss.
Not True - less than 20% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss during physicals.
Wearing a hearing aid will make my hearing loss obvious.
Today’s hearing aids are sleek and stylish or even invisible and certainly less noticeable than if you constantly ask people to repeat themselves, inappropriately respond, or don’t respond at all.
A little hearing loss is no big deal.
The fact is, studies have linked untreated hearing loss to big deals like stress, depression, social rejection, increased risk to personal safety, reduced earning power and more.*
What you can do:
Talk to your friend about their hearing concerns
- Gently remind them of their loss every time you “translate” or repeat something for them
- Recommend they visit a hearing professional to do more research and get their questions answered
- Offer to schedule and attend a hearing consultation with them
- Remind them they have nothing to lose and potentially everything to gain by seeing a hearing professional
For more ideas on how to help, talk to a hearing healthcare professional at All American Hearing Aid Centers.