Football games with Ted are miserable. He has the volume cranked up so loud the walls rattle, and you definitely can’t pay attention to the game. The commentator’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting roar of the crowd.
It isn’t at all pleasant. But the volume seems normal 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. How to discuss this with him is the challenge. His sensitivity about the subject makes what should be a simple conversation a lot more challenging.
The following are several recommendations that might help.
You Can Suggest he Gets a Basic Hearing Exam
Ted needs a specialist to inform him about his hearing. Other people may not sound as credible when they talk to him about it. In that situation, the strategy will be convincing Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies might help you do that:
- Offer to get a screening with him. This can make starting the conversation easier. It’s possible you’ll discover that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, also (it could depend on how long you’ve been subjected to a high-volume sound).
- Stress that he’ll only be undergoing a basic screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. His hearing will be categorized by frequency on an audiogram. The meaning of the information can then be broken down by us.
Talk About Behaviors Linked To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is frequently indiscernible because it progresses so slowly. When this occurs, you might pick up certain behaviors without recognizing it. You can hint in a discreet way that Ted needs a hearing aid by focusing on these behaviors.
Try something like the following:
- Mention that you’ve observed how often you’re “translating” for him. Here’s a hypothetical example: your friend says something at dinner, Ted doesn’t hear or comprehend it, and you have to repeat the sentence to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- Remind Him that he’s not using the phone as much as he once did because he has a hard time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
- You could tell him the family has observed he’s been having a difficult time hearing. Perhaps that’s why fewer individuals are going to his house to watch the Big Game each year, they have a difficult time dealing with the loud television.
The goal during these talks 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 effects people in his life.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
In some instances, reticence to wearing hearing aids comes from antiquated (but understandable) impressions of what hearing aids do and how they affect one’s personal appearance. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology employed by modern hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- Modern hearing aids are generally extremely small and almost totally unseen to the naked eye. That’s not all, modern hearing aids are exceptionally comfortable for the wearer. They aren’t the big and bulky units of the past. They won’t even be noticed by most people.
- Modern hearing aids have an immense amount of technology. Thanks to connectivity, for example, your hearing aids will pair seamlessly with your phone or even your television speakers. This delivers amplified volumes without feedback or noise.
- Some hearing aids can even monitor your health and fitness biometrics and render them in real time as well as other added features.
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 some time to emphasize the link between hearing loss and cognitive decline. In other words, your brain health depends on you being able to hear clearly.
The sooner you treat your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep over time. Hearing aids are calibrated specifically to fill in the sound wavelengths your ears have a hard time discerning. Simply turning your television volume up is no substitute for this valuable technology.
Getting treatment as soon as you start experiencing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and understanding that will help convince people like Ted to seek help.