Football games with Ted are the worst. Enjoying the game is impossible because the volume is turned up so loud that the walls shake. All you notice is the roar 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 has to be at top volume in order for him to hear it, making it pretty obvious that it’s time to think about hearing aids. How to talk to him about it is the problem. It should be a straightforward discussion, but he seems excessively sensitive about the topic.
The following are some tips that could help.
Suggest a Basic Exam
Ted needs a specialist to educate him about his hearing. He might not believe other people when they inform him he needs a hearing aid. If that’s the case, the strategy will be getting Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies might help you do that:
- Stress that he’ll only be undergoing a basic screening. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. His hearing will be broken down by frequency on an audiogram. We can clarify what the results indicate.
- Recommend the two of you go together for back-to-back screenings. This can make starting the conversation easier. It’s possible you’ll learn that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, as well (it could depend on how long you’ve been exposed to a high-volume sound).
Discuss Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is frequently indiscernible because it progresses so gradually. When this happens, you might acquire certain behaviors without realizing it. You can hint in a subtle way that Ted needs a hearing aid by putting attention on these behaviors.
Try something like the following:
- Remind Him that he’s not talking on the phone as much as he used to because he has a hard time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
- Informing him that his family has noticed him straining to hear. Maybe that’s why fewer individuals are going to his house to watch the Big Game each year, they have a hard time coping with the loud television.
- Point out instances where you need to translate what someone said. It may 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.
When you have these discussions focusing on these behaviors, not the condition, will be the goal. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, point out how his hearing loss impacts those around him.
Highlight The Technology in Contemporary Hearing Aids
Sometimes, reticence to wearing hearing aids comes from antiquated (but understandable) ideas of what hearing aids do and how they influence one’s personal appearance. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology employed by modern hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Modern hearing aids carry a huge amount of technology. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices by way of Bluetooth® connectivity. With this tech, the volume of your devices will be amplified without noise and feedback.
- 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 cumbersome like they once were. Most people will probably never detect you’re wearing them.
- Some hearing aids can even monitor your health and fitness biometrics and translate them in real time as well as other added features.
Hearing aids, for many people, are an ideal extension to their other smart technology. In this modern world, hearing aids are incredibly useful and will help you enjoy activities like live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Advantages
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to point out the long-term benefits of hearing aids, which have been shown to help people keep (or recover) their cognitive faculties. In other words, your brain health depends on you being able to hear clearly.
You will keep more of your hearing undamaged in the long run if you treat your hearing loss as soon as possible. Hearing aids are calibrated specifically to fill in the sound wavelengths which your ears have a difficult time discerning. When you simply turn the volume up you don’t fill in the particular frequencies that are missing.
Getting treatment as soon as you start experiencing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and understanding that will help persuade people like Ted to seek help.