Football games with Ted are miserable. Enjoying the game is impossible because the volume is turned up so loud that the walls rattle. All you notice is the thunder of the crowd hammering against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the announcer’s play-by-play calls.
It isn’t at all enjoyable. But the volume seems normal for Ted. He needs the TV to be tremendously loud so he can hear it, which makes it pretty clear he needs a hearing aid. You’re just not sure how to tell him that. It should be a straightforward conversation, but he seems overly sensitive about the topic.
The following are a few recommendations that may help.
You Can Recommend he Gets a Basic Hearing Evaluation
Ted has to learn more about his hearing from an expert. Other people may not seem as credible when they tell him about it. In that situation, the strategy will be convincing Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies might help you do that:
- Offer to get a screening too. This can make beginning the dialogue easier. It’s possible you’ll discover that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, also (it may depend on how long you’ve been exposed to a high-volume noise).
- Try making him feel more at ease by letting him know that it’s just a simple assessment. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. Ted will get his results on an audiogram, which will analyze his hearing by frequency. We can explain what the results indicate.
Discuss Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is frequently undetectable because it progresses so slowly. When this occurs, you might acquire certain behaviors without realizing it. By concentrating 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 strategies:
- Point out that you’ve noticed 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.
- Letting him know that his family has observed him struggling to hear. Each year it seems like fewer and fewer people are going over to see the Big Game and that could be because the TV is 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.
When you have these conversations focusing on these behaviors, not the disorder, will be the goal. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, mention how his hearing loss effects those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Outdated notions of how a hearing aid impacts your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some circumstances, leads to reticence to wear one. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology employed by modern hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- The technology of modern hearing aids is quite advanced. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices thanks to Bluetooth® connectivity. With this technology, the volume of your devices will be amplified without noise and feedback.
- Usually, contemporary hearing aids are so small you can’t even notice them. That’s not all, modern hearing aids are exceptionally comfortable for the wearer. They aren’t the big and bulky units they used to be. They won’t even be seen by most people.
- Some hearing aids can even monitor your health and fitness biometrics and translate them in real time as well as other added features.
For many people, hearing aids feel like an extension of their smartphones or tablets. Modern hearing aids are extremely helpful pieces of technology that allow you to enjoy live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Advantages
Finally, take some time to emphasize the connection between hearing loss and mental health decline. To put it bluntly, hearing is critical to a person’s mental health.
You will keep more of your hearing undamaged in the long run if you address your hearing loss as soon as you can. When you have hearing impairment, your ears have a difficult time processing specific 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 missing frequencies.
Getting treatment as soon as you start experiencing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and understanding that will help convince people like Ted to seek help.