Watching sports with Ted is incredibly difficult. He has the volume turned up so loud the walls shake, and you surely can’t pay attention to the game. The commentator’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting roar of the crowd.
It’s not pleasant. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. Everything needs to be at top volume for him to hear it, making it pretty apparent that it’s time to think about hearing aids. You’re just not sure how to talk to him that. It should be a straightforward discussion, but he seems overly sensitive about the topic.
These tips are a good place to start.
Recommend a Simple Screening
Ted needs to learn more about his hearing from a specialist. He might not believe other people when they tell him he needs a hearing aid. In that situation, the trick will be convincing Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies might help you do that:
- Attempt to make him feel more comfortable by letting him know that it’s just a simple screening. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. His hearing will be categorized by frequency on an audiogram. The meaning of the information can then be broken down by us.
- Offer to get a screening with him. This can make starting the dialogue easier. You might find out that you also have some level of hearing impairment (it may depend on how long you’ve been exposed to a high-volume sound).
Talk About Behaviors Connected To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss occurs slowly, often advancing so slowly it’s unnoticeable. When this happens, 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 somebody like him) needs a hearing aid.
Try something like the following:
- Point out that you’ve observed how frequently you’re “translating” for him. Here’s a hypothetical example: someone is talking to Ted but you’re closer and Ted needs you to constantly repeat what was said because he can’t understand them.
- You could tell him your family has observed he’s been having a tough time hearing. Every year it seems like fewer and fewer people are going over to watch the Big Game and that could be because the TV is turned up so loud.
- Remind Him 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.
The goal during these talks is to keep your discussion centered on these behaviors instead of the ailment. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, point out how his hearing loss impacts people in his life.
Emphasize The Technology in Modern Hearing Aids
Outdated ideas of how a hearing aid affects your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some circumstances, results in reluctance to wear one. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology employed by modern hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- The technology of modern hearing aids is quite advanced. Thanks to connectivity, for instance, your hearing aids will pair easily with your phone or even your television speakers. This delivers amplified volumes without feedback or noise.
- 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 bulky units of the past. Most people will most likely never detect you’re wearing them.
- Some hearing aids have added features, like the ability to translate in real-time or track key biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
Hearing aids, for many people, are an ideal extension to their other smart technology. Modern hearing aids are very helpful pieces of technology that allow you to enjoy live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Advantages
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to point out the long-term advantages of hearing aids, which have been shown to help people keep (or recover) mental equity. 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 treat your hearing loss as soon as you can. When you have hearing impairment, your ears have a difficult time processing particular 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 frequencies that are missing.
Recognizing that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first observe signs of hearing loss will help people like Ted feel comfortable getting the help they need.