Football games with Ted are the worst. Paying attention to the game is impossible because the volume is turned up so loud that the walls rattle. The announcer’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting thunder of the crowd.
It isn’t by any means pleasant. But the volume sounds fine for Ted. He requires the TV to be extremely loud so he can hear it, which makes it rather clear he needs a hearing aid. You’re just not sure how to talk to him that. It should be a straightforward discussion, but he seems overly sensitive about the topic.
The following are some tips that could help.
Suggest a Simple Screening
Ted needs a specialist 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 getting Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
You may be able to accomplish that by making use of one of the following strategies:
- Emphasize that he’ll only be having a simple assessment. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. Ted will get his results on an audiogram, which will break down his hearing by frequency. The significance of the information can then be clarified by us.
- Suggest that both of you go together for back-to-back assessments. This can make starting the dialogue easier. You may discover that you also have some level of hearing impairment (it may depend on how long you’ve been subjected to a high-volume noise).
Chat About Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is frequently indiscernible because it advances so slowly. Specific subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this occurs. By focusing your discussion on those behaviors, you can subtly (or not so subtly) hint that Ted (or somebody like him) needs a hearing aid.
Try something like the following:
- Letting him know that his family has observed him straining to hear. Perhaps that’s why fewer individuals are going to his home to watch the Big Game each year, they have a difficult time coping with the loud television.
- Point out that he’s been evading talking to family members and friends by phone because he has difficulty hearing what’s being said.
- Mention that you’ve observed how often you’re “translating” for him. Here’s a hypothetical example: someone is talking to Ted but you’re closer and Ted needs you to keep repeating what was said because he can’t understand them.
The goal during these conversations is to keep your discussion centered on these behaviors instead of the disorder. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, point out how his hearing loss impacts those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Antiquated notions of how a hearing aid impacts your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some circumstances, results in reticence to wear one. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology utilized by contemporary hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Some hearing aids have additional features, such as the ability to translate in real-time or track important biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- The technology of modern hearing aids is very advanced. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices thanks to Bluetooth® connectivity. This delivers amplified volumes without feedback or noise.
- Typically, 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 aren’t the big and cumbersome units they used to be. They won’t even be noticed by most people.
Hearing aids, for many people, are an ideal extension to their other smart technology. In this modern world, hearing aids are extremely useful and will help you enjoy activities like live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Benefits
Finally, take the time to point out the link between hearing loss and mental health decline. 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. 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 knowing that will help persuade people like Ted to seek help.