The onset of hearing loss is usually not sudden, but rather a slow slide into isolation. So subtle that sometimes talking a loved one into visiting the hearing aid provider is a struggle.
But there are ways to approach the subject that will enhance the possibility that they will—in the metaphorical sense— hear what you’re saying.
Tip number one is don’t let the exchange become confrontational. Don’t put the onus on their perception of their hearing, but rather share what other people have noticed about the person in question missing out on conversations and interactions. The more people who can carefully make this point the better.
Less “you can’t hear anymore” and more “your grandkids were telling you a story the other day but they don’t think you heard them.”
And be affirmative. There are well over 20 million people using hearing aids in the United States. There’s been an amazing amount of technological innovation in the field over the past couple of decades. Hearing aids have never been smaller, easier to use, and less intrusive in daily activities.
Plus, the tech angle has become downright amazing. Hearing aids are now micro-computers that can be connected wirelessly with a whole host of other devices like TVs, smartphones, and tablets.
The sooner a person deals directly with their hearing loss the better. The brain can get used to poor hearing in ways that are not positive, which is why hearing loss has been tied to a decrease in cognitive function.
Hearing aid affordability has never been higher. Now is the time to convince anyone missing out to take action now.