Watching sports with Ted is very difficult. He has the volume turned up so loud the walls shake, and you definitely can’t pay attention to the game. The commentator’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the deafening roar of the crowd.
It isn’t at all enjoyable. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. Everything needs to be at top volume in order for him to hear it, making it rather obvious that it’s time to think about hearing aids. You’re just not sure how to talk to him that. It should be a simple conversation, but he seems excessively sensitive about the topic.
These tips are a good place to begin.
You Can Suggest he Gets a Simple Hearing Evaluation
Ted needs an expert to inform him about his hearing. Other people might not seem as credible when they talk to him about it. If that’s the case, the trick will be convincing Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies might help you do that:
- Recommend the two of you go together for back-to-back assessments. This is a helpful way to broach a new medical situation. You may discover that you also have some degree of hearing loss (depending on how long you’ve been exposed to loud noise).
- Stress that he’ll only be undergoing a simple assessment. In most 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 information can then be broken down by us.
Talk About Behaviors Connected To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is often undetectable because it advances so slowly. Certain subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this happens. By focusing your conversation on those behaviors, you can subtly (or not so subtly) hint that Ted (or someone like him) needs a hearing aid.
Try some of these strategies:
- Informing him that his family has noticed him struggling to hear. Each 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 situations where you have to translate what somebody said. It may happen like this: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or understand it, and you need to repeat the sentence to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- Remind Him that he’s not using 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 loss, mention how his hearing loss impacts 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 circumstances, leads to reticence to use one. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology employed by contemporary hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Modern hearing aids carry a huge amount of technology. Thanks to connectivity, for example, your hearing aids will pair easily with your phone or even your television speakers. This provides amplified volumes without noise or feedback.
- Some hearing aids have additional features, like the ability to translate in real-time or track important biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- Modern hearing aids are usually extremely small and almost completely imperceptible to the naked eye. That’s not all, modern hearing aids are amazingly comfortable for the wearer. They aren’t the big and cumbersome units of the past. They won’t even be seen by most people.
For many individuals, hearing aids feel like an extension of their smartphones or tablets. Modern hearing aids are extremely useful pieces of technology that allow you to enjoy live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Advantages
Finally, take the time to emphasize the link between hearing loss and mental health decline. To put it bluntly, hearing is critical to a person’s cognitive health.
The sooner you treat your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep over time. When you have hearing impairment, your ears have a hard time processing particular wavelengths and hearing aids are calibrated to fill in those missing frequencies. Simply turning your television volume up is no substitute for this valuable technology.
Understanding that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first observe signs of hearing impairment will help people like Ted feel comfortable getting the help they need.