Watching sports with Ted is incredibly difficult. He has the volume turned up so high the walls shake, and you definitely can’t pay attention to the game. The announcer’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting thunder of the crowd.
It isn’t by any means pleasant. But for Ted, the volume is normal. Everything needs to be at max volume for him to hear it, making it rather obvious that it’s time to think about hearing aids. You’re just not sure how to tell him that. His sensitivity about the topic makes what should be a straightforward conversation much more difficult.
The following are a few recommendations that may help.
You Can Recommend he Gets a Basic Hearing Test
Ted has to find out more about his hearing from a specialist. He may not believe other people when they inform him he needs a hearing aid. If that’s the case, the strategy will be convincing Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies might help you do that:
- Recommend that both of you go together for back-to-back assessments. This is a helpful way to discuss a new medical situation. It’s possible you’ll learn that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, also (it may depend on how long you’ve been subjected to a high-volume sound).
- Stress that he’ll only be having a basic screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. Ted will receive his results on an audiogram, which will analyze his hearing by frequency. The meaning of the information can then be broken down by us.
Discuss Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is frequently undetectable because it progresses so gradually. Specific subconscious behaviors often 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:
- Letting him know that his family has observed 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 difficult time coping with the loud television.
- Mention that you’ve observed how often you’re “translating” for him. Here’s a hypothetical example: 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.
- Make him aware that he’s not using the phone as much as he used to because he has a hard time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
When you have these talks focusing on these behaviors, not the disorder, will be the objective. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, mention how his hearing loss impacts those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Outdated ideas of how a hearing aid affects your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some circumstances, results in reticence to use one. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology used by contemporary hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- Usually, modern hearing aids are so small you can’t even notice them. Not only that, modern hearing aids are exceptionally comfortable for the wearer. They aren’t the big and cumbersome units of the past. Most people will probably never notice you’re wearing them.
- Some hearing aids have extra features, like the ability to translate in real-time or track key biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- The technology of modern hearing aids is very advanced. 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.
Hearing aids, for many individuals, are a perfect extension to their other smart technology. Modern hearing aids are extremely useful pieces of technology that help you enjoy live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Advantages
Finally, take some time to point out the link between hearing loss and mental health decline. To put it bluntly, hearing is critical to a person’s mental health.
The sooner you address your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep in the long run. When you have hearing loss, your ears have a difficult time processing particular wavelengths and hearing aids are calibrated to fill in those missing frequencies. Simply turning your television volume up is no substitute for this valuable technology.
Getting treatment as soon as you begin noticing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and understanding that will help convince people like Ted to seek help.