Football games with Ted are the worst. Paying attention to the game is impossible because the volume is turned up so loud that the walls shake. The announcer’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the deafening roar of the crowd.
It isn’t fun. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. He requires the TV to be tremendously loud so he can hear it, which makes it rather obvious he needs a hearing aid. How to talk to him about it is the difficulty. It should be a simple discussion, but he seems overly sensitive about the topic.
These tips are a good place to start.
You Can Suggest he Gets a Simple Hearing Exam
Ted has to find out more about his hearing from a specialist. Other people might not seem as credible when they tell him about it. In that situation, the trick will be getting Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies may help you do that:
- Offer to get a screening with him. This can make beginning the dialogue easier. It’s possible you’ll learn that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, too (it could depend on how long you’ve been exposed to a high-volume sound).
- Try making him feel more comfortable by letting him know that it’s just a simple screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. Ted will receive his results on an audiogram, which will break down his hearing by frequency. The meaning of the results can then be clarified by us.
Talk About Behaviors Linked To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss happens gradually, often progressing so slowly it’s not noticeable. Certain subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this occurs. You can hint in a discreet way that Ted needs a hearing aid by focusing on these behaviors.
Try some of these approaches:
- You could tell him the family has noticed he’s been having a tough time hearing. Each year it seems as if fewer and fewer people are going over to watch the Big Game and that could be because the TV is turned up so loud.
- Point out that he’s been evading talking to family members and friends by phone because he has trouble hearing what they say.
- Point out that you’ve noticed how frequently 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 what they said 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 loss, point out how his hearing loss effects people in his life.
Highlight The Technology in Modern Hearing Aids
Antiquated notions of how a hearing aid affects your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some instances, leads to reticence to use one. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology used by contemporary hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- Some hearing aids have added features, like the ability to translate in real-time or track key biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- Usually, contemporary hearing aids are so small you can’t even notice them. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They aren’t the big and bulky units they used to be. Most individuals will most likely never notice you’re wearing them.
- Modern hearing aids have a considerable amount of technology. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices by way of Bluetooth® connectivity. With this technology, the volume of your devices will be increased without feedback and noise.
For many individuals, hearing aids feel like an extension of their smartphones or tablets. Modern hearing aids are extremely useful pieces of technology that help you enjoy live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Advantages
Finally, take the time to emphasize the connection between hearing loss and mental health decline. Essentially, your brain health depends on you being capable of hearing clearly.
You will keep more of your hearing intact in the long run if you manage your hearing loss as soon as possible. Hearing aids are calibrated to fill in specific sound wavelengths your ears have a difficult time discerning. When you simply turn up the volume you don’t fill in the particular 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.