Football games with Ted are the worst. Enjoying the game is impossible because the volume is cranked up so loud that the walls rattle. All you notice is the thunder of the crowd pounding against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the announcer’s play-by-play calls.
It isn’t in any way pleasant. But for Ted, the volume is normal. He needs the TV to be extremely loud so he can hear it, which makes it rather clear he needs a hearing aid. How to talk to him about it is the problem. His sensitivity about the topic makes what should be a simple conversation a lot more difficult.
The following are a few recommendations that could help.
You Can Suggest he Gets a Simple Hearing Test
Ted needs a specialist to educate him about his hearing. Other people might not seem as credible when they tell him about it. In that situation, the strategy will be convincing Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies may help you do that:
- Offer to get a screening with him. This is a beneficial way to discuss a new medical situation. You might discover that you also have some level of hearing loss (depending on how long you’ve been exposed to loud noise).
- Attempt to make him feel more at ease by letting him know that it’s just a simple screening. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. His hearing will be broken down by frequency on an audiogram. The meaning of the results can then be clarified by us.
Talk About Behaviors Connected To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is often undetectable because it advances so slowly. When this occurs, you might pick up certain behaviors without realizing it. By concentrating your discussion on those behaviors, you can subtly (or not so subtly) hint that Ted (or someone like him) needs a hearing aid.
Try some of these approaches:
- You could tell him the family has noticed he’s been having a hard time hearing. Perhaps that’s why fewer people are going to his home to watch the Big Game each year, they have a hard time dealing with the loud television.
- Point out situations where you have to translate what somebody said. 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 hear them.
- Point out that he’s been avoiding talking to friends and family members by phone because he has difficulty hearing what’s being said.
The goal during these discussions is to keep your discussion centered on these behaviors rather than the disorder. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, mention how his hearing loss impacts people in his life.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
In some cases, reluctance to using hearing aids comes from antiquated (but understandable) impressions 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 utilized by modern hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- Some hearing aids can even monitor your health and fitness biometrics and translate them in real time as well as other added features.
- Modern hearing aids are typically incredibly small and almost entirely unseen to the naked eye. That’s not all, modern hearing aids are exceptionally 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.
- Modern hearing aids have a considerable amount of technology. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices by way of Bluetooth® connectivity. This delivers amplified volumes without feedback or noise.
Hearing aids, for many people, are a perfect extension to their other smart technology. Modern hearing aids are extremely helpful pieces of technology that allow you to enjoy live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Advantages
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to mention the long-term benefits of hearing aids, which have been shown to help people keep (or recover) mental equity. 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 manage your hearing loss as soon as possible. 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 the volume up you don’t fill in the specific frequencies that are missing.
Recognizing that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first observe signs of hearing loss will help people like Ted feel comfortable getting the help they need.