Watching sports with Ted is very frustrating. Enjoying the game is impossible because the volume is cranked 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 commentator’s play-by-play calls.
It’s not pleasant. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. Everything needs to be at max volume in order for him to be able to hear it, making it rather obvious that it’s time to think about hearing aids. How to talk to him about it is the challenge. It should be a simple discussion, but he seems overly sensitive about the topic.
These tips are a good place to start.
Recommend a Basic Exam
Ted has to find out more about his hearing from an expert. Other people might not sound as credible when they talk to him about it. In that situation, the strategy will be convincing Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
You may be able to accomplish that by using one of the following tactics:
- Emphasize that he’ll only be having a basic screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. Ted will receive his results on an audiogram, which will break down his hearing by frequency. The meaning of the results can then be broken down by us.
- Suggest the two of you go together for back-to-back screenings. This is a beneficial way to discuss a new medical situation. You may discover that you also have some degree of hearing impairment (depending on how long you’ve been exposed to loud sound).
Discuss Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is often undetectable because it progresses so slowly. When this happens, you may pick up certain behaviors without recognizing it. You can hint in a discreet way that Ted needs a hearing aid by putting attention on these behaviors.
Try some of these strategies:
- Letting him know that his family has noticed him struggling to hear. Maybe that’s why fewer people are going to his house to watch the Big Game each year, they have a difficult time coping with the loud television.
- Remind Him that he’s not using the phone as much as he once did because he has a difficult time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
- Point out situations where you have to translate what somebody said. It might happen like this: 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.
The goal during these discussions is to keep your discussion centered on these behaviors rather than the disorder. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, point out how his hearing loss effects people in his life.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Outdated notions of how a hearing aid affects your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some cases, results in reticence to use one. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology used by modern hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- The technology of modern hearing aids is very advanced. Thanks to connectivity, for instance, your hearing aids will pair easily with your phone or even your TV speakers. This delivers amplified volumes without feedback or noise.
- Some hearing aids can even track your health and fitness biometrics and translate them in real time as well as other added features.
- Typically, modern hearing aids are so small you can’t even notice them. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They’re not bulky like they once were. They won’t even be noticed by most people.
Hearing aids, for many individuals, are a perfect extension to their other smart technology. Modern hearing aids are extremely useful pieces of technology that help you enjoy live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Benefits
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to point out the long-term benefits of hearing aids, which have been demonstrated to help people keep (or recover) mental equity. To put it bluntly, hearing is critical to a person’s mental 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 which your ears have a hard time discerning. Simply turning your television volume up is no substitute for this valuable technology.
Getting treatment as soon as you begin noticing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and understanding that will help persuade people like Ted to seek help.