Watching sports with Ted is incredibly frustrating. He has the volume turned up so loud the walls rattle, and you certainly can’t pay attention to the game. The announcer’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting roar of the crowd.
It isn’t in any way pleasant. But for Ted, the volume is normal. Everything has to be at top volume for him to hear it, making it rather obvious that it’s time to consider hearing aids. How to discuss this with him is the problem. It should be a straightforward conversation, but he seems excessively sensitive about the topic.
These tips are a good place to begin.
You Can Recommend he Gets a Basic Hearing Exam
Ted has to learn more about his hearing from a specialist. Other people may not sound as credible when they tell him about it. In that situation, the strategy will be convincing Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
You may be able to accomplish that by utilizing one of the following tactics:
- Emphasize that he’ll only be undergoing a basic assessment. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. His hearing will be categorized by frequency on an audiogram. We can explain what the results indicate.
- Offer to get a screening with him. This is a beneficial way to broach a new medical situation. It’s possible you’ll learn that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, too (depending on how long you’ve been subjected to loud noise).
Discuss Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is frequently undetectable because it progresses so slowly. Certain subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this happens. By concentrating your discussion on those behaviors, you can subtly (or not so subtly) hint that Ted (or someone like him) needs a hearing aid.
Try some of these approaches:
- Point out that he’s been evading talking to family members and friends on the phone because he has difficulty hearing what’s being said.
- Informing him that his family has noticed him struggling to hear. Maybe that’s why fewer individuals are going to his house to watch the Big Game each year, they have a tough time coping with the loud television.
- Point out situations where you have to translate what someone said. It might happen like this: someone is talking to Ted but you’re closer and Ted needs you to keep repeating what was said because he can’t hear them.
When you have these discussions focusing on these behaviors, not the disorder, will be the goal. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, mention how his hearing loss effects people in his life.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
In some cases, reticence to wearing hearing aids comes from outdated (but understandable) ideas of what hearing aids do and how they affect one’s personal appearance. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology utilized by contemporary hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Some hearing aids have additional features, such as the ability to translate in real-time or track key biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- Modern hearing aids are usually incredibly small and almost totally unseen to the naked eye. That’s not all, modern hearing aids are exceptionally comfortable for the wearer. They aren’t the big and bulky units they used to be. They won’t even be noticed by most people.
- Modern hearing aids contain a huge amount of technology. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices thanks to Bluetooth® connectivity. This delivers amplified volumes without feedback or noise.
Hearing aids, for many people, are an ideal extension to their other smart technology. Modern hearing aids are extremely useful pieces of technology that allow you to enjoy live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Advantages
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to point out the long-term advantages of hearing aids, which have been shown to help people keep (or recover) their cognitive faculties. To put it bluntly, hearing is crucial to a person’s mental health.
You will keep more of your hearing undamaged in the long run if you manage your hearing loss as soon as possible. Hearing aids are calibrated to fill in specific sound wavelengths which your ears have a difficult time discerning. When you simply turn up the volume you don’t fill in the specific missing frequencies.
Understanding that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first observe signs of hearing loss will help people like Ted feel comfortable getting the help they need.