Watching sports with Ted is extremely frustrating. Paying attention to the game is impossible because the volume is cranked up so loud that the walls shake. The announcer’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting roar of the crowd.
It isn’t in any way pleasant. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. He requires the TV to be incredibly loud so he can hear it, which makes it pretty obvious he needs a hearing aid. You’re just not certain how to talk to him that. It should be a simple discussion, but he seems excessively sensitive about the topic.
The following are some tips that might help.
Encourage a Simple Exam
Ted needs a specialist to inform him about his hearing. He might not trust other people when they inform him he needs a hearing aid. If that’s the case, the trick will be getting Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
You may be able to accomplish that by using one of the following tactics:
- Suggest that both of you go together for back-to-back screenings. This is a helpful way to discuss a new medical situation. It’s possible you’ll discover that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, as well (it may depend on how long you’ve been subjected to a high-volume noise).
- Try making him feel more comfortable 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. We can clarify what the results indicate.
Talk About Behaviors Linked To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is frequently undetectable because it advances so slowly. When this occurs, you might acquire certain behaviors without knowing it. By concentrating your discussion on those behaviors, you can subtly (or not so subtly) hint that Ted (or somebody like him) needs a hearing aid.
Try something like the following:
- Informing him that his family has noticed him struggling to hear. Each year it seems like fewer and fewer people are going over to watch the Big Game and that could be because the TV is so loud.
- Point out that he’s been avoiding talking to family members and friends on the phone because he has difficulty hearing what they say.
- Point out that you’ve observed how frequently you’re “translating” for him. Here’s a hypothetical example: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or comprehend it, and you have to repeat the sentence to Ted because you’re closer to him.
The goal during these discussions is to keep your discussion focused on these behaviors rather than the disorder. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, mention how his hearing loss impacts those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
In some cases, reticence to wearing hearing aids comes from antiquated (but understandable) notions 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 employed by contemporary hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- The technology of modern hearing aids is quite advanced. Thanks to connectivity, for example, your hearing aids will pair easily with your phone or even your TV speakers. With this tech, the volume of your devices will be increased without feedback and noise.
- Some hearing aids can even track your health and fitness biometrics and render them in real time as well as other added features.
- Usually, modern hearing aids are so small you can’t even notice them. Not only that, modern hearing aids are incredibly comfortable for the wearer. They’re not cumbersome like they once were. They won’t even be seen by most people.
For many people, 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 mention the long-term advantages of hearing aids, which have been shown to help people keep (or recover) their cognitive faculties. To put it bluntly, hearing is crucial to a person’s cognitive health.
The sooner you manage your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep over time. Hearing aids are calibrated specifically to fill in the sound wavelengths your ears have a difficult time discerning. When you simply turn up the volume you don’t fill in the particular frequencies that are missing.
Understanding that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first notice signs of hearing loss will help people like Ted feel comfortable getting the help they need.