Watching sports with Ted is very frustrating. He has the volume turned up so loud the walls shake, and you surely can’t pay attention to the game. All you notice is the roar of the crowd pounding against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the commentator’s play-by-play calls.
It’s not fun. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. Everything has to be at top volume for him to be able to hear it, making it pretty obvious that it’s time to think about hearing aids. You’re just not certain how to talk to him that. It should be a simple conversation, but he seems overly 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. He may not believe other people when they inform him he needs a hearing aid. If that’s the case, the strategy will be convincing Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
You may be able to accomplish that by making use of one of the following tactics:
- Offer to get a screening with him. This can make starting the conversation easier. You may find out that you also have some degree of hearing impairment (it may depend on how long you’ve been exposed to a high-volume noise).
- Emphasize that he’ll only be undergoing a basic screening. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. His hearing will be categorized by frequency on an audiogram. The significance of the results can then be clarified by us.
Chat About Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss happens slowly, often advancing so slowly it’s not noticeable. Specific subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this happens. By concentrating your conversation on those behaviors, you can subtly (or not so subtly) hint that Ted (or somebody like him) needs a hearing aid.
Try some of these approaches:
- Point out instances where you have to translate what someone said. It might happen like this: someone is talking to Ted but you’re closer and Ted needs you to keep repeating what was said because he can’t hear them.
- Informing him that his family has observed him struggling 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 so loud.
- Make him aware that he’s not using the phone as much as he once did because he has a difficult time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
The goal during these talks is to keep your discussion focused on these behaviors rather than the disorder. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, mention how his hearing loss impacts people in his life.
Highlight The Technology in Modern Hearing Aids
Antiquated notions of how a hearing aid affects your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some instances, leads to reticence to wear one. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology utilized by modern hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- The technology of modern hearing aids is quite advanced. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices thanks to Bluetooth® connectivity. With this technology, the volume of your devices will be amplified without feedback and noise.
- Usually, modern hearing aids are so small you can’t even notice them. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They aren’t the big and cumbersome units of the past. Most people will most likely never notice you’re wearing them.
- Some hearing aids have additional features, like the ability to translate in real-time or track important biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
For many people, hearing aids feel like an extension of their smartphones or tablets. In this modern world, hearing aids are incredibly practical and will help you enjoy activities like live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Benefits
Finally, take some time to emphasize the connection between hearing loss and mental health decline. To put it bluntly, hearing is crucial to a person’s cognitive health.
You will keep more of your hearing intact in the long run if you manage your hearing loss as soon as you can. Hearing aids are calibrated specifically to fill in the sound wavelengths which your ears have a difficult time discerning. When you simply turn up the volume you don’t fill in the specific missing frequencies.
Getting treatment as soon as you begin experiencing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and understanding that will help persuade people like Ted to seek help.