Years of audiology experience has taught me that hearing loss affects every person, and every family, differently. As hearing loss increases, so do miscommunications and inconveniences. You may become more frustrated with your loved one, and they may become more frustrated with you as well. There is no one perfect strategy to help a loved one who is suffering from hearing loss. However, there are principles and tips that you can use to help your loved one as they learn to deal with the inconveniences of hearing loss. Using these strategies can improve communication and help your loved one adapt to their hearing loss.
Do Your Research
Information is a powerful weapon.
Before you speak with your loved one about their possible hearing loss, research the subject. A quick internet search will show you that hearing loss is relatively common in the United States. According to the U.S Department of Health, approximately 37.5 million adults, 18 and over, report some level of hearing loss. This can help your loved one get over the familiar feeling that they are alone.
You should also research possible treatments, such as hearing aids, that can help them to improve their hearing. Hearing aid technology has progressed by leaps and bounds. Resound hearing aids are an excellent product to present to them. They are subtle, effective, and they are an excellent example of hearing aids that can help them to restore their hearing.
Directly Address the Problem
Denial makes everything worse.
When someone is suffering from hearing loss, usually their first instinct is to deny the problem. If you notice that your loved one is showing signs of hearing loss, bringing it up can be very difficult. It is of vital importance that you directly address the situation with love, care, and understanding. Help them to understand that there is nothing to be ashamed of. This tact may help them to face the challenge head-on. Once it is brought to light, you can help them to seek proper treatment.
Suggest a Hearing Test
The first step to solving the problem is identifying the problem.
A hearing test is the beginning of your loved one’s journey to great hearing health. Your loved one may be reluctant to have their hearing tested, but it is an absolute necessity on the road to healing. Hearing tests are the best way for us to identify an individual’s specific situation, and from there, we can formulate a treatment plan. Also, volunteer to go with them as moral support. Your presence can make them more secure and empowered so that they feel comfortable to address their hearing loss head-on.
Convincing your loved one to address their hearing loss can be difficult. The key to helping them is communication. Help them to understand that the problem will only get worse if they ignore it. Show them the latest hearing aid technology, such as Bluetooth hearing aids) and explain that they can be efficient and subtle. Suggest they contact us to set up a hearing test, so that we can begin to implement a plan that will improve their hearing, as well as their quality of life.
Dr. Hubik is the owner and founder of one of West Texas’ most trusted and professional hearing providers, Cornerstone Audiology. She received her bachelor of science degree in communication disorders as well as her doctorate of audiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). In her youth, Dr. Hubik became interested in helping people with hearing loss to communicate more effectively and therefore pursued a degree in this field. Dr. Hubik was born and raised in Anton, Texas and appreciates working with the people of West Texas. She and her team are proud to serve the hearing needs of their community.