Help a Loved One With Hearing Loss

Most of the time, it is loved ones who recognize someone has hearing loss and that is why we are here to explain how to help a loved one who is resisting help for hearing loss.

How to Help a Loved One Resisting Help for Hearing Loss

The strange thing about hearing loss is that it isn’t evident to those who have it. People who have hearing loss don’t recognize what they aren’t hearing. One of the reasons this happens is because hearing loss happens so gradually, there isn’t a big enough change to recognize from day to day, week to week, and month to month. On top of that, even when people start to realize they have hearing loss, they often delay seeking treatment and try to explain away or rationalize what they are experiencing. Most of the time, it is loved ones who recognize someone has hearing loss and that is why we are here to explain how to help a loved one who is resisting help for hearing loss.

Signs of Hearing Loss You Might Recognize in Your Loved One

Hearing loss doesn’t necessarily have “symptoms” but rather signs that hearing loss is present. Here are some things to look for:

  • Your loved one listens to the television or radio louder than anyone else.
  • Your loved one always is asking for things to be repeated.
  • Your loved one seems to struggle in situations with a lot of background noise.
  • Your loved one doesn’t hear in group conversations.
  • Your love one starts to avoid social situations.

Tips and Talking Points for Loved Ones Who Have hearing Loss

From our standpoint, the more you know, the better you can be at helping your loved one with hearing loss. Almost all types of hearing loss are treatable with hearing aids. In order to determine hearing loss, we use a comprehensive hearing assessment which is totally painless and non-invasive. Convincing a loved one to seek help for hearing loss can be easier when you know what to say. Here are some tips for helping a loved one who is resisting help.

  • Be Patient and Understanding: Hearing loss can be a scary process.
  • Call Us if You Need Help: Familiarize yourself with our local office and call us for advice and to make an appointment.
  • Don’t Expect a Fight: If you come at a situation on the attack or overly defensive, you might unintentionally steer the conversation in a negative direction.
  • Choose a Calm, Neutral Place to Talk: Plan out your conversation with your loved one carefully. Remember that you love them and want what is best for them.
  • Let them Know They are Not Alone. Hearing loss is actually very common and the industry is working hard to lift the stigma that used to be associated with hearing loss and hearing aids.
  • Explain How Hearing Aids Work. Hearing aids of today are advanced pieces of technology that can be easily and smoothly integrated into their life and many types of hearing aids are small and not easily noticed at all.
  • If all else fails, some tough love might be in order. When you withdraw your support and stop repeating what was said for your loved one, they might finally realize how much they really do need help hearing.

Hearing, Balance, & Speech Center is Here to Help You with all Your Listening Needs

Have more questions about hearing aids? Need to make an appointment for repairs? Please contact us at Hearing, Balance, & Speech Center to speak with one of our hearing professionals. We are here to help you make the most of your hearing aids and take care of all your listening needs.

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