What To Do When A Loved One Has Hearing Loss
Being around those with hearing loss can be frustrating.
Hearing loss puts a strain on relationships, especially when you know that better hearing could improve your loved one’s quality of life.
Untreated hearing loss is tough to witness too. Those with hearing loss can lose confidence, withdraw socially, become isolated or even depressed. Depending on the cause of the hearing loss, a person’s balance may be affected. It’s also easy to mistake hearing loss for memory loss or dementia.
Getting a loved one to deal with hearing loss isn’t always easy. (Do the words stubborn and pride come to mind?) But it’s the right thing to do.
We’ve helped concerned family members and friends, just like you, who want to share the gift of better hearing. We can help you know what to say and do. Don’t wait to help someone suffering from symptoms like these. Be proactive. Call or text us!
How Can You Help?
Share your concerns about their hearing with them. Be tactful and be aware that it’s normal for people with hearing loss to become defensive. No one likes to admit they might need hearing aids.
Encourage them to have a hearing test, but don’t get into an argument about it. Mention it and then move to the next step.
Call or text and schedule an appointment with us. Let your loved one know you did it for them. Most people appreciate your concern and will talk to us and get a hearing test.
Be upbeat. One out of 20 will flatly refuse to get a hearing test. If that’s the case, remind them that if they see the audiologist and the hearing test shows they don’t have a hearing loss, that would be good news!