Watching sports with Ted is incredibly difficult. Enjoying the game is impossible because the volume is cranked up so loud that the walls shake. All you notice is the thunder of the crowd hammering against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the announcer’s play-by-play calls.
It’s not pleasant. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. He needs the TV to be incredibly loud so he can hear it, which makes it rather clear he needs a hearing aid. How to talk to him about it is the challenge. His sensitivity about the topic makes what should be a straightforward conversation much more challenging.
These tips are a good place to start.
Suggest a Simple Exam
Ted has to learn more about his hearing from an expert. He might not believe other people when they inform him he needs a hearing aid. In that situation, the strategy will be convincing Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
One of the following tactics may help you do that:
- Offer to get a screening with him. This can make starting the conversation easier. You may find out that you also have some degree of hearing impairment (depending on how long you’ve been subjected to loud sound).
- Attempt to make him feel more at ease by letting him know that it’s just a simple screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. His hearing will be categorized by frequency on an audiogram. We can detail what the results indicate.
Chat About Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss occurs slowly, often advancing so slowly it’s unnoticeable. Specific subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this occurs. You can hint in a discreet way that Ted needs a hearing aid by putting attention on these behaviors.
Try some of these approaches:
- Point out situations where you need to translate what someone said. Here’s a hypothetical example: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or comprehend it, and you have to repeat the sentence to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- Point out that he’s been avoiding talking to friends and family members on the phone because he has difficulty hearing what’s being said.
- Letting him know that his family has observed him straining to hear. Each 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 condition, will be the goal. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, mention how his hearing loss impacts those around him.
Emphasize The Technology in Modern Hearing Aids
Antiquated ideas of how a hearing aid affects your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some instances, leads to reticence to wear one. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology used by contemporary hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- The technology of modern hearing aids is very advanced. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices by way of Bluetooth® connectivity. With this tech, the volume of your devices will be increased without noise and feedback.
- Some hearing aids have extra features, such as the ability to translate in real-time or track key biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- Modern hearing aids are generally extremely small and almost completely imperceptible to the naked eye. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They’re not cumbersome like they once were. Most people will probably never notice you’re wearing them.
For many individuals, hearing aids feel like an extension of their smartphones or tablets. Modern hearing aids are exceptionally useful pieces of technology that allow you to enjoy live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Benefits
Finally, take the time to emphasize the connection between hearing loss and mental health decline. To put it bluntly, hearing is critical to a person’s cognitive health.
You will keep more of your hearing undamaged in the long run if you address your hearing loss as soon as possible. Hearing aids are calibrated specifically to fill in the sound wavelengths your ears have a difficult time discerning. Simply turning your television volume up is no substitute for this valuable technology.
Getting treatment as soon as you start experiencing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and understanding that will help persuade people like Ted to seek help.