How To Help Your Loved One With Hearing Loss
Many people are reluctant to acknowledge that their hearing isn’t what it used to be. The prevailing perception seems to be that hearing loss is a sign of old age. That’s an inaccurate assumption. Anyone of any age can experience a loss in hearing due to genetics, illness, injury, progressive ear conditions such as Surfer’s Ear and many other root causes.
At Tustin Hearing Center, we often hear the frustration family members feel when their loved one refuses to admit obvious hearing problems. Some people may live with diminished hearing for many years before finally seeking help. If you are living with someone whose hearing isn’t what it used to be, here are some tips that may help you convince your loved one that finding hearing assistance will help – and not hinder – their quality of life. (And yours.)
- Pick a quiet, comfortable time to initiate the discussion – You want to be sure your loved one is attentive and can hear what you have to say
- Let your loved one know you miss fully sharing conversations and experiences together.
- If you have noticed your loved one avoiding conversations, social situations or talking on the phone, ask why. Ask if they feel their quality of life is better or worse now than it used to be.
- If you have noticed ongoing symptoms such as putting the TV volume on louder or repeated requests to “speak up,” mention them in a gentle way.
- Encourage your loved one to get a hearing test. One way to help them understand if they have diminished hearing is by having them take a simple, web-based hearing check on our website. It is a non-threatening way to honestly assess how their hearing helps—or hinders—simple activities of daily life. To check out our online hearing test click here.