How to convince a loved one it’s time for a hearing check

Have you noticed someone close to you is missing parts of the conversation? Have you mentioned it, only for it to be shrugged off? Believe it or not, it can take someone years of living with hearing loss before they accept it. But seeing that person experience hearing loss is upsetting, especially when they withdraw from parts of life they love.

Usually, hearing loss starts off quite mild and deteriorates further over the years, to the point it causes obvious difficulties. Hearing loss is common and a natural part of ageing. But did you know that an early diagnosis can help track the degree of loss and monitor any changes? An audiologist can determine if the person would benefit from a hearing solution.

Left untreated, hearing loss can cause a variety of issues, such as isolation, stress and anxiety. It can have an overall effect on relationships, health and quality of life. It not only has a huge impact on the person experiencing hearing loss, but on those closest to them. The sooner action is taken, the better.

So, what are the signs someone has hearing loss?

  • Do they need the TV louder than you would consider ‘normal’?
  • Do they ask for repetition often?
  • Are they struggling to hear over background noise, such as chatter at a restaurant?
  • Do you need to speak louder to them?

A hearing check is important, as it rules out the possibility of an obstruction in the ear canal, or can confirm there is definite hearing loss.

How can you help them?

  • Suggest they get a hearing test. Even an online screening test to see if there is a problem can help. At Online Hearing Care, we offer this screening as the first point of testing.
  • Show them what today’s hearing aids look like. People often have a different perception, based on older styles of hearing aids.
  • Show them some new technology and how hearing aids can adapt to different listening environments. They can even connect your mobile phone!
  • Acknowledge that it might take some time to accept the issue. Try to be supportive and positively persistent.
  • Tell them about people in the public eye who wear hearing aids, such as: Bill Clinton, Halle Berry and Whoopi Goldberg.
  • The success rate of wearing hearing aids is high and they have nothing to lose by trying.
  • Tell them that you care about their hearing and do not want them missing out on the world around them.

For further information about the services we offer, products or potential next steps, contact us today.

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