Watching sports with Ted is incredibly frustrating. Enjoying the game is impossible because the volume is cranked up so loud that the walls rattle. All you can hear 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’s not pleasant. But for Ted, the volume is normal. He requires the TV to be tremendously loud so he can hear it, which makes it pretty obvious he needs a hearing aid. How to talk to him about it is the challenge. His sensitivity about the topic makes what should be a straightforward conversation a lot more challenging.
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 may not seem as credible when they talk to him about it. If that’s the case, the strategy will be getting Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
You may be able to accomplish that by making use of one of the following strategies:
- Emphasize that he’ll only be undergoing a quick assessment. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. Ted will receive his results on an audiogram, which will analyze his hearing by frequency. The significance of the results can then be clarified by us.
- Recommend the two of you go together for back-to-back screenings. This is a beneficial way to broach a new medical situation. You might find out that you also have some level of hearing impairment (depending on how long you’ve been exposed to loud sound).
Chat About Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is often undetectable because it progresses so gradually. When this happens, you might acquire certain behaviors without knowing it. You can hint in a discreet way that Ted needs a hearing aid by putting attention on these behaviors.
Try something like the following:
- Informing him that his family has noticed him struggling to hear. Every 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 so loud.
- Point out that you’ve observed how often you’re “translating” for him. It may happen like this: somebody is talking to Ted but you’re closer and Ted needs you to constantly repeat what was said because he can’t hear them.
- Remind Him that he’s not talking on the phone as much as he once did because he has a hard time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
When you have these discussions focusing on these behaviors, not the condition, will be the objective. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, mention how his hearing loss impacts those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Antiquated ideas of how a hearing aid impacts your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some circumstances, leads to reticence to wear one. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology utilized by contemporary hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- The technology of modern hearing aids is very advanced. Thanks to connectivity, for instance, your hearing aids will pair seamlessly with your phone or even your television speakers. This provides amplified volumes without feedback or noise.
- Modern hearing aids are typically very small and almost completely unseen to the naked eye. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They’re not cumbersome like they once were. Most individuals will most likely never notice you’re wearing them.
- Some hearing aids can even track your health and fitness biometrics and render them in real time as well as other additional features.
For many people, hearing aids feel like an extension of their smartphones or tablets. Modern hearing aids are very useful pieces of technology that allow you to enjoy live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Benefits
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to mention the long-term benefits of hearing aids, which have been demonstrated to help people keep (or recover) mental equity. In other words, your brain health depends on you being able to hear clearly.
The sooner you treat your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep over time. Hearing aids are calibrated to fill in specific sound wavelengths which your ears have a difficult time discerning. Simply turning your television volume up isn’t a substitute for this valuable technology.
Recognizing that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first observe signs of hearing impairment will help people like Ted feel comfortable seeking the help they need.