Football games with Ted are miserable. Paying attention to the game is impossible because the volume is cranked up so loud that the walls rattle. The commentator’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting thunder of the crowd.
It’s not fun. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. Everything has to be at top volume for him to hear it, making it pretty obvious that it’s time to consider hearing aids. You’re just not sure how to talk to him that. It should be a simple conversation, but he seems overly sensitive about the topic.
These tips are a good place to begin.
You Can Recommend he Gets a Simple Hearing Test
Ted has to find out more about his hearing from a specialist. He might not trust other people when they tell him he needs a hearing aid. If that’s the case, the trick will be getting Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
One of the following tactics might help you do that:
- Try making him feel more at ease by letting him know that it’s just a simple assessment. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. His hearing will be broken down by frequency on an audiogram. We can clarify what the results mean.
- Recommend the two of you go together for back-to-back screenings. This can make beginning the dialogue easier. You may find out that you also have some level of hearing impairment (depending on how long you’ve been exposed to loud noise).
Chat About Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is often indiscernible because it progresses so slowly. When this happens, you might acquire certain behaviors without realizing it. You can hint in a subtle way that Ted needs a hearing aid by focusing on these behaviors.
Try some of these strategies:
- Point out situations where you have to translate what someone said. It may happen like this: your friend says something at dinner, Ted doesn’t hear or understand it, and you have to repeat what they said to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- Make him aware that he’s not talking on the phone as much as he used to because he has a hard time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
- Informing him that his family has noticed him straining to hear. Every year it seems as if fewer and fewer people are going over to see the Big Game and that could be because the TV is turned up so loud.
When you have these discussions focusing on these behaviors, not the disorder, will be the goal. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, point out how his hearing loss effects people in his life.
Emphasize The Technology in Modern Hearing Aids
In some cases, reticence to using hearing aids comes from outdated (but understandable) ideas of what hearing aids do and how they affect one’s personal appearance. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology employed by modern hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Modern hearing aids have an immense amount of technology. Thanks to connectivity, for example, your hearing aids will pair easily with your phone or even your television speakers. This delivers amplified volumes without noise or feedback.
- Typically, modern hearing aids are so small you can’t even notice them. Not only that, modern hearing aids are incredibly comfortable for the wearer. They’re not cumbersome like they once were. Most individuals will probably never detect you’re wearing them.
- Some hearing aids can even track your health and fitness biometrics and translate them in real time as well as other added features.
Hearing aids, for many individuals, are an ideal extension to their other smart technology. In this modern world, hearing aids are incredibly practical and will help you enjoy activities like live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Benefits
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to mention the long-term advantages of hearing aids, which have been demonstrated to help people keep (or recover) their cognitive faculties. To put it bluntly, hearing is critical to a person’s cognitive health.
The sooner you address your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep over time. Hearing aids are calibrated to fill in specific sound wavelengths your ears have a hard time discerning. When you simply turn the volume up you don’t fill in the particular frequencies that are missing.
Understanding that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first notice signs of hearing loss will help people like Ted feel comfortable seeking the help they need.