Watching sports with Ted is very difficult. He has the volume turned up so high the walls rattle, and you surely can’t pay attention to the game. All you notice is the roar of the crowd hammering against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the announcer’s play-by-play calls.
It isn’t by any means pleasant. But the volume sounds fine for Ted. Everything needs to be at top volume for him to hear it, making it rather obvious that it’s time to consider hearing aids. How to discuss this with him is the problem. His sensitivity about the topic makes what should be a simple conversation much more challenging.
These tips are a good place to begin.
Encourage a Basic Screening
Ted needs an expert to inform him about his hearing. Other people may not seem as credible when they talk to 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 do that by utilizing one of the following strategies:
- Recommend that both of you go together for back-to-back screenings. This can make starting the dialogue easier. You may find out that you also have some degree of hearing loss (depending on how long you’ve been exposed to loud noise).
- Attempt to make him feel more at ease by letting him know that it’s just a simple assessment. In most cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. His hearing will be categorized by frequency on an audiogram. We can explain what the results mean.
Talk About Behaviors Linked To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is often undetectable because it progresses so slowly. Specific 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:
- Point out situations where you need to translate what somebody said. Here’s a hypothetical example: your friend says something at dinner, Ted doesn’t hear or comprehend it, and you need to repeat what they said to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- Point out that he’s been avoiding talking to family members and friends by phone because he has trouble hearing what they say.
- Informing him that his family has observed him straining to hear. 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.
When you have these conversations focusing on these behaviors, not the disorder, will be the objective. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, point out how his hearing loss effects people in his life.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
In some cases, reluctance to wearing hearing aids comes from outdated (but understandable) impressions of what hearing aids do and how they affect one’s personal appearance. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology used by modern hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Usually, contemporary hearing aids are so small you can’t even notice them. That’s not all, modern hearing aids are incredibly comfortable for the wearer. They’re not bulky like they once were. They won’t even be seen by most people.
- The technology of modern hearing aids is pretty advanced. Thanks to connectivity, for example, your hearing aids will pair seamlessly with your phone or even your television speakers. With this tech, the volume of your devices will be amplified without feedback and noise.
- Some hearing aids have extra features, including the ability to translate in real-time or track important 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 extremely helpful 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 advantages of hearing aids, which have been demonstrated to help people keep (or recover) their cognitive faculties. To put it bluntly, hearing is critical to a person’s cognitive 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 loss, your ears have a hard 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.
Understanding that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first notice signs of hearing loss will help people like Ted feel comfortable seeking the help they need.