Football games with Ted are miserable. Enjoying the game is impossible because the volume is cranked up so loud that the walls rattle. All you notice is the roar of the crowd hammering against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the commentator’s play-by-play calls.
It isn’t pleasant. But for Ted, the volume is normal. Everything has to be at top volume in order for him to be able to hear it, making it rather obvious that it’s time to consider hearing aids. How to talk to him about it is the problem. It should be a straightforward discussion, but he seems excessively sensitive about the topic.
These tips are a good place to start.
Recommend a Basic Exam
Ted has to learn 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 anybody 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 starting the dialogue easier. You might discover that you also have some degree of hearing loss (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 assessment. In most cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. His hearing will be broken down by frequency on an audiogram. The significance of the results can then be clarified by us.
Talk About Behaviors Associated With Hearing Loss
Hearing loss occurs slowly, often advancing so slowly it’s not noticeable. Specific subconscious behaviors often develop when this happens. By focusing 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:
- Informing him that his family has noticed him struggling to hear. Maybe that’s why fewer individuals are going to his home to watch the Big Game each year, they have a hard time dealing with the loud television.
- Point out that you’ve noticed how frequently you’re “translating” for him. It may happen like this: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or understand it, and you need to repeat the sentence to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- Point out that he’s been evading talking to friends and family members on the phone because he has difficulty hearing what’s being said.
The goal during these discussions is to keep your discussion centered on these behaviors instead of the ailment. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, point out how his hearing loss effects those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Sometimes, reluctance to wearing hearing aids comes from outdated (but understandable) ideas of what hearing aids do and how they influence one’s personal appearance. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology used by contemporary hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Modern hearing aids have a huge amount of technology. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices by way of Bluetooth® connectivity. This provides amplified volumes without feedback or noise.
- Some hearing aids have extra features, including the ability to translate in real-time or track important biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- Modern hearing aids are typically incredibly small and almost entirely unseen to the naked eye. That’s not all, modern hearing aids are exceptionally comfortable for the wearer. They’re not cumbersome like they once were. Most people will most likely never notice you’re wearing them.
For many individuals, hearing aids feel like an extension of their smartphones or tablets. In this modern world, hearing aids are extremely practical and will help you enjoy activities like live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Benefits
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to point out the long-term benefits of hearing aids, which have been demonstrated to help people keep (or recover) mental equity. Essentially, your brain health depends on you being able to hear clearly.
You will keep more of your hearing intact in the long run if you treat your hearing loss as soon as you can. Hearing aids are calibrated to fill in specific sound wavelengths which your ears have a difficult time discerning. When you simply turn the volume up you don’t fill in the specific frequencies that are missing.
Recognizing that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first notice signs of hearing impairment will help people like Ted feel comfortable getting the help they need.