Watching sports with Ted is incredibly frustrating. Paying attention to the game is impossible because the volume is cranked up so loud that the walls shake. The commentator’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting roar of the crowd.
It’s not pleasant. But the volume seems fine for Ted. He requires the TV to be tremendously loud so he can hear it, which makes it pretty obvious he needs a hearing aid. How to discuss this with him is the challenge. His sensitivity about the subject makes what should be a straightforward conversation a lot more challenging.
These tips are a good place to start.
Suggest a Simple Screening
Ted needs to learn more about his hearing from an expert. He might not believe other people when they inform him he needs a hearing aid. If that’s the case, the strategy will be getting Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
You might be able to do that by using one of the following tactics:
- Emphasize that he’ll only be undergoing a quick screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. His hearing will be broken down by frequency on an audiogram. We can explain what the results mean.
- Suggest that both of you go together for back-to-back assessments. This can make beginning the conversation easier. You might find out that you also have some degree of hearing loss (it may depend on how long you’ve been subjected to a high-volume sound).
Talk About Behaviors Associated With Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is frequently undetectable because it advances so gradually. Certain subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this occurs. You can hint in a subtle way that Ted needs a hearing aid by focusing on these behaviors.
Try something like the following:
- Point out that he’s been evading talking to family members and friends by phone because he has difficulty hearing what they say.
- 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.
- Mention that you’ve noticed how often you’re “translating” for him. It might happen like this: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or understand it, and you have to repeat the sentence to Ted because you’re closer to him.
When you have these talks focusing on these behaviors, not the condition, will be the goal. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, point out how his hearing loss effects those around him.
Emphasize The Technology in Modern Hearing Aids
Outdated ideas of how a hearing aid affects your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some circumstances, results in reticence to wear one. 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, like the ability to translate in real-time or track key biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- Modern hearing aids are usually very small and almost entirely imperceptible to the naked eye. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They’re not bulky like they once were. Most individuals will most likely never notice you’re wearing them.
- Modern hearing aids contain a huge amount of technology. Thanks to connectivity, for example, your hearing aids will pair easily with your phone or even your TV speakers. With this technology, the volume of your devices will be amplified without feedback and noise.
For many individuals, hearing aids feel like an extension of their smartphones or tablets. Modern hearing aids are extremely helpful pieces of technology that help you enjoy live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Advantages
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) mental equity. To put it bluntly, hearing is essential to a person’s cognitive health.
The sooner you treat your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep over time. When you have hearing loss, your ears have a hard time processing particular wavelengths and hearing aids are calibrated to fill in those missing frequencies. When you simply turn up the volume you don’t fill in the specific frequencies that are missing.
Getting treatment as soon as you begin noticing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and knowing that will help convince people like Ted to seek help.