How To Talk With A Friend About Their Hearing Loss
If you have a friend or loved one suffering from hearing loss, they are not alone. Around 36 million Americans have some form of hearing impairment. Unfortunately, broaching the subject with people can be a delicate matter. You do not want to hurt their feelings or their pride. In most cases, someone with hearing loss is in self-denial of the problem. But most of the time it’s quite obvious that they’re having a hard time hearing
This is where you as a friend come in, without putting them on the defensive you need to point out the obvious things they’re doing to cover up their hearing loss problem. Discuss it with them, not talking at them. This will help them feel more comfortable and make it easier to open up to you.
Here are some ways you can talk to them about it:
1. Make the Discussion About Someone Else
Instead of directly telling them that they may be suffering from hearing loss, make the discussion about someone else who may be suffering from it, or even yourself. Let them know the symptoms they (or you) are experiencing, and let them also know how worried you are about it.
You can mention how hearing impairment has been linked to both Alzheimer's disease and even brain shrinkage. You can also mention how you are worried that such impairment can lead to other problems, such as fatigue and social isolation. Finally, mention how a simple pair of hearing aids can preclude all these problems.
2. Point Out the Symptoms
Loss of hearing is often gradual. It can be so gradual that your friend or loved one may not even notice that it has happened. So it is important for you to let them know this, and you can do this subtly. You can mention how you have to keep repeating yourself, and you can mention how they keep hearing you wrong.
Do not just tell them these things. Write it down, too. You can do this through email or text messages, or even through a letter.
3. Get a Hearing Test Yourself
A good way to entice a friend or a loved one to get a hearing test is to get one yourself. Let them know about it and how concerned you are about it, and ask them to come along with you for moral support. Then, you can suggest that they get one at the same time. You can even challenge them to get one, and you can make a day out of it by planning other events around the test, such as a lunch immediately afterwards.
4. Inform Them of How Advanced Hearing Aids Have Become
Many people are reluctant to get hearing aids because they have a certain image of them in their mind, and this image is anything but good. People often think of them as large, cumbersome, and ugly, they think that they project weakness.
But you can let your friend or loved one know the truth about them. You can let them know that some modern devices are small. So small that you can hardly see them. You can further tell them about how a friend or a relative just got a pair, and how you did not even notice they were wearing them until they told you themselves.
Whatever you do, do not ignore the problem. Because, most likely it will only get worse, and there is no reason why your friend or loved one needs to suffer.
The Solution To The Problem
Advanced Audiology, Santa Clarita’s largest hearing diagnostic center offers free Advanced Baseline Hearing Screenings™. The screenings provide information on what frequencies someone is having a problem hearing. Most hearing loss is not an overall volume problem but starts with losing certain frequencies normally in the upper mid-range making it difficult to understand some words
If your friend or loved one understands they have or possibly have some form of hearing loss, suggest one of our FREE Advanced Baseline Hearing Screenings™. There is no obligation and we can provide more information on hearing devices that can correct the problem they’re having
You can even suggest to do it together to make them feel better, and this way you’ll know if you’re starting to lose any frequencies. It’s easy to schedule a free hearing screening. Just contact our office or click the link to fill out the request form. One of our Advanced Hearing Specialist will contact you to schedule your FREE Advanced Baseline Hearing Screening™.
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