Football games with Ted are the worst. Enjoying the game is impossible because the volume is turned up so loud that the walls rattle. All you notice is the roar of the crowd hammering against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the announcer’s play-by-play calls.
It isn’t pleasant. But the volume sounds fine for Ted. He requires the TV to be tremendously loud so he can hear it, which makes it pretty clear he needs a hearing aid. How to talk to him about it is the challenge. His sensitivity about the topic makes what should be a straightforward conversation a lot more difficult.
The following are a few recommendations that may help.
You Can Recommend he Gets a Simple Hearing Evaluation
Ted needs to find out more about his hearing from a specialist. He may not believe other people when they inform him he needs a hearing aid. If that’s the case, the trick will be getting Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies might help you do that:
- Attempt to make him feel more at ease by letting him know that it’s just a simple screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. His hearing will be broken down by frequency on an audiogram. The significance of the results can then be clarified by us.
- Suggest the two of you go together for back-to-back assessments. This is a helpful way to broach a new medical situation. It’s possible you’ll discover that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, also (it could depend on how long you’ve been exposed to a high-volume noise).
Talk About Behaviors Connected To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is often indiscernible because it progresses so slowly. Certain subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this happens. By concentrating your discussion 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 strategies:
- Point out situations where you have to translate what someone said. Here’s a hypothetical example: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or understand it, and you need to repeat what they said to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- Point out that he’s been evading talking to friends and family members on the phone because he has difficulty hearing what’s being said.
- Letting him know that his family has noticed him straining to hear. Maybe that’s why fewer individuals are going to his home to watch the Big Game each year, they have a hard time dealing with the loud television.
The goal during these discussions is to keep your discussion centered on these behaviors instead of the disorder. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, mention how his hearing loss effects those around him.
Highlight The Technology in Contemporary Hearing Aids
In some instances, reluctance to using hearing aids comes from antiquated (but understandable) ideas of what hearing aids do and how they affect one’s personal appearance. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology used by contemporary hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- Modern hearing aids contain a considerable amount of technology. Thanks to connectivity, for instance, your hearing aids will pair seamlessly with your phone or even your television speakers. With this tech, the volume of your devices will be amplified without noise and feedback.
- Modern hearing aids are typically extremely small and almost totally unseen to the naked eye. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They aren’t the big and bulky units they used to be. Most people will probably never detect 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 individuals, 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.
Promote The Long-Term Advantages
Finally, take some time to point out the connection between hearing loss and mental health decline. To put it bluntly, hearing is essential to a person’s mental health.
The sooner you treat your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep in the long run. When you have hearing loss, your ears have a difficult time processing particular wavelengths and hearing aids are calibrated to fill in those missing frequencies. Simply turning your television volume up is no substitute for this valuable technology.
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.