Football games with Ted are the worst. He has the volume turned up so loud the walls shake, and you surely 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’s not pleasant. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. He requires the TV to be incredibly loud so he can hear it, which makes it pretty obvious he needs a hearing aid. How to discuss this with him is the difficulty. His sensitivity about the topic makes what should be a simple conversation a lot more challenging.
The following are a few recommendations that might help.
You Can Recommend he Gets a Simple Hearing Test
Ted has to learn more about his hearing from an expert. Other people may not seem as credible when they talk to him about it. If that’s the case, the trick will be getting Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
You might be able to accomplish that by using one of the following tactics:
- Offer to get a screening too. This is a beneficial way to broach a new medical situation. It’s possible you’ll learn that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, too (depending on how long you’ve been subjected to loud noise).
- Emphasize that he’ll only be undergoing a simple screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. Ted will get his results on an audiogram, which will break down his hearing by frequency. We can explain what the results indicate.
Chat About Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss takes place gradually, often progressing so slowly it’s not noticeable. Specific subconscious behaviors often develop when this happens. You can hint in a discreet way that Ted needs a hearing aid by focusing on these behaviors.
Try some of these strategies:
- Point out that you’ve observed how frequently you’re “translating” for him. It might happen like this: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or comprehend it, and you have to repeat what they said to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- You could tell him the family has noticed he’s been having a difficult time hearing. Maybe that’s why fewer individuals are going to his house to watch the Big Game each year, they have a hard time coping with the loud television.
- Point out that he’s been avoiding talking to family members and friends on the phone because he has difficulty hearing what’s being said.
When you have these talks 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 impacts those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
In some cases, reticence to using 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 utilized by contemporary hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- Some hearing aids have extra features, including the ability to translate in real-time or track key biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- The technology of modern hearing aids is quite advanced. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices thanks to Bluetooth® connectivity. With this tech, the volume of your devices will be amplified without feedback and noise.
- Typically, contemporary hearing aids are so small you can’t even notice them. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They’re not cumbersome like they once were. Most people will probably never notice you’re wearing them.
Hearing aids, for many individuals, are a perfect extension to their other smart technology. In this modern world, hearing aids are incredibly practical and will help you enjoy activities like live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Benefits
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to point out 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 crucial to a person’s cognitive health.
You will keep more of your hearing undamaged in the long run if you treat your hearing loss as soon as you can. When you have hearing loss, your ears have a hard time processing particular wavelengths and hearing aids are calibrated to fill in those missing frequencies. When you simply turn up the volume you don’t fill in the specific frequencies that are missing.
Getting treatment as soon as you begin experiencing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and understanding that will help convince people like Ted to seek help.