Football games with Ted are the worst. Enjoying the game is impossible because the volume is turned up so loud that the walls rattle. The commentator’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting thunder of the crowd.
It’s not pleasant. But for Ted, the volume is normal. Everything needs to be at max volume for him to be able to hear it, making it rather obvious that it’s time to think about hearing aids. How to talk to him about it is the challenge. It should be a simple conversation, but he seems excessively sensitive about the topic.
The following are some tips that could help.
Encourage a Basic Screening
Ted needs to find out more about his hearing from a specialist. Other people may not seem as credible when they tell him about it. If that’s the case, the strategy will be getting Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies may help you do that:
- Offer to get a screening too. This is a beneficial way to discuss a new medical situation. You might find out that you also have some level of hearing impairment (depending on how long you’ve been subjected to loud sound).
- Try making 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. Ted will get his results on an audiogram, which will analyze his hearing by frequency. We can clarify what the results indicate.
Talk About Behaviors Associated With Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is frequently undetectable because it progresses so slowly. Certain subconscious behaviors often 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:
- Informing him that his family has noticed him struggling to hear. Perhaps that’s why fewer individuals are going to his home to watch the Big Game each year, they have a tough time dealing 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.
- Point out situations where you need to translate what somebody said. It might happen like this: 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.
When you have these discussions focusing on these behaviors, not the disorder, will be the objective. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, mention how his hearing loss effects those around him.
Highlight The Technology in Modern Hearing Aids
Antiquated notions of how a hearing aid affects your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some instances, results in reticence to wear one. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology utilized by contemporary hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Some hearing aids can even track your health and fitness biometrics and translate them in real time as well as other added features.
- 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 noise or feedback.
- Typically, contemporary hearing aids are so small you can’t even see them. That’s not all, modern hearing aids are incredibly comfortable for the wearer. They aren’t the big and bulky units of the past. They won’t even be seen by most people.
Hearing aids, for many individuals, are a perfect extension to their other smart technology. In this modern world, hearing aids are extremely useful and will help you enjoy activities like live streaming.
Promote 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) their cognitive faculties. To put it bluntly, hearing is crucial to a person’s mental health.
You will keep more of your hearing undamaged in the long run if you address your hearing loss as soon as you can. Hearing aids are calibrated to fill in specific sound wavelengths which your ears have a difficult time discerning. 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 convince people like Ted to seek help.