Watching sports with Ted is very difficult. Paying attention to the game is impossible because the volume is cranked up so loud that the walls rattle. The commentator’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting roar of the crowd.
It isn’t by any means enjoyable. But for Ted, the volume is normal. Everything needs to be at top volume in order for him to be able to hear it, making it rather apparent that it’s time to consider hearing aids. You’re just not certain how to talk to him that. It should be a straightforward discussion, but he seems overly sensitive about the topic.
The following are a few recommendations that might help.
Recommend a Simple Screening
Ted needs an expert to inform him about his hearing. He may not believe other people when they inform him he needs a hearing aid. If that’s the case, the trick will be convincing Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies might help you do that:
- Suggest that both of you go together for back-to-back assessments. This can make starting the conversation easier. It’s possible you’ll learn that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, as well (it could depend on how long you’ve been subjected to a high-volume noise).
- Stress that he’ll only be undergoing a quick screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. His hearing will be categorized by frequency on an audiogram. The significance of the information can then be broken down by us.
Discuss Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is often indiscernible because it progresses so slowly. Certain subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this happens. By focusing 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:
- Point out that he’s been avoiding talking to friends and family members by phone because he has trouble hearing what’s being said.
- Informing him that his family has noticed him straining to hear. Maybe that’s why fewer people are going to his house to watch the Big Game each year, they have a tough time coping with the loud television.
- Mention that you’ve observed how frequently you’re “translating” for him. Here’s a hypothetical example: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or comprehend it, and you need to repeat what they said to Ted because you’re closer to him.
The goal during these conversations is to keep your discussion centered on these behaviors rather than the ailment. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, mention how his hearing loss impacts those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Sometimes, reticence to using hearing aids comes from outdated (but understandable) ideas of what hearing aids do and how they influence one’s personal appearance. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology utilized by modern hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Modern hearing aids contain an incredible amount of technology. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices thanks to Bluetooth® connectivity. This delivers amplified volumes without feedback or noise.
- Some hearing aids can even track your health and fitness biometrics and translate them in real time as well as other additional features.
- Usually, modern hearing aids are so small you can’t even see them. Not only that, modern hearing aids are amazingly comfortable for the wearer. They aren’t the big and bulky units of the past. Most individuals will most likely never detect you’re wearing them.
Hearing aids, for many people, are a perfect extension to their other smart technology. Modern hearing aids are very helpful pieces of technology that allow you to enjoy live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Advantages
Finally, take some time to point out the connection between hearing loss and mental health decline. To put it bluntly, hearing is critical to a person’s mental health.
You will keep more of your hearing intact in the long run if you address 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. Simply turning up your TV isn’t a substitute for this valuable technology.
Getting treatment as soon as you start noticing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and knowing that will help convince people like Ted to seek help.