Football games with Ted are miserable. Paying attention to the game is impossible because the volume is cranked up so loud that the walls shake. All you can hear is the thunder of the crowd pounding against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the announcer’s play-by-play calls.
It’s not fun. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. Everything has to be at max volume for him to hear it, making it pretty obvious that it’s time to consider hearing aids. How to discuss this with him is the challenge. His sensitivity about the subject makes what should be a straightforward conversation much more challenging.
These tips are a good place to begin.
You Can Recommend he Gets a Basic Hearing Evaluation
Ted needs to find out more about his hearing from an audiologist. Other people may not sound as credible when they tell him about it. If that’s the case, the trick will be getting Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
You might be able to accomplish that by using one of the following strategies:
- Suggest that both of you go together for back-to-back assessments. This is a helpful way to broach a new medical situation. You may find out that you also have some level of hearing loss (depending on how long you’ve been exposed to loud noise).
- Emphasize that he’ll only be having a quick assessment. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. Ted will receive his results on an audiogram, which will analyze his hearing by frequency. We can explain what the results mean.
Talk About Behaviors Associated With Hearing Loss
Hearing loss occurs slowly, often advancing so slowly it’s unnoticeable. Certain subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this happens. You can hint in a subtle way that Ted needs a hearing aid by putting attention on these behaviors.
Try some of these approaches:
- Remind Him that he’s not talking on the phone as much as he used to because he has a hard time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
- Informing him that his family has observed him straining to hear. Perhaps that’s why fewer individuals are going to his home to watch the Big Game each year, they have a tough time dealing with the loud television.
- Point out that you’ve observed how often you’re “translating” for him. Here’s a hypothetical example: somebody is talking to Ted but you’re closer and Ted needs you to keep repeating what was said because he can’t understand them.
When you have these conversations focusing on these behaviors, not the condition, will be the objective. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, mention how his hearing loss effects those around him.
Emphasize The Technology in Modern Hearing Aids
Antiquated ideas of how a hearing aid impacts your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some instances, leads to reticence to wear one. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology employed by modern hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- Modern hearing aids are usually very small and almost entirely imperceptible to the naked eye. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They aren’t the big and cumbersome units they used to be. 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 added features.
- The technology of modern hearing aids is quite advanced. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices by way of Bluetooth® connectivity. With this technology, the volume of your devices will be increased without noise and feedback.
For many individuals, hearing aids feel like an extension of their smartphones or tablets. In this modern world, hearing aids are incredibly useful and will help you enjoy activities such as live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Advantages
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to mention the long-term benefits of hearing aids, which have been shown to help people keep (or recover) their cognitive faculties. Essentially, your brain health depends on you being capable of hearing clearly.
You will keep more of your hearing intact in the long run if you address your hearing loss as soon as possible. When you have hearing loss, your ears have a difficult time processing specific wavelengths and hearing aids are calibrated to fill in those missing frequencies. Simply turning your television volume up isn’t a substitute for this valuable technology.
Getting treatment as soon as you start experiencing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and knowing that will help persuade people like Ted to seek help.