Football games with Ted are the worst. He has the volume cranked up so high the walls shake, and you certainly can’t tune in to the game. All you notice is the thunder of the crowd pounding against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the announcer’s play-by-play calls.
It’s not fun. But for Ted, the volume is normal. Everything needs to be at top volume in order for him to hear it, making it pretty obvious that it’s time to consider hearing aids. How to talk to him about it is the problem. His sensitivity about the subject makes what should be a straightforward conversation a lot more difficult.
The following are some recommendations that may help.
You Can Suggest he Gets a Basic Hearing Test
Ted needs a specialist to inform him about his hearing. Other people may not seem as credible when they talk to him about it. In that situation, the trick will be convincing Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
You might be able to do that by utilizing one of the following strategies:
- Emphasize that he’ll only be having a simple assessment. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. Ted will receive his results on an audiogram, which will analyze his hearing by frequency. The meaning of the information can then be clarified by us.
- Offer to get a screening with him. This can make beginning the dialogue easier. You may find out that you also have some level of hearing loss (it may depend on how long you’ve been subjected to a high-volume sound).
Discuss Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is often indiscernible because it advances so gradually. Certain subconscious behaviors often develop when this occurs. By concentrating your discussion on those behaviors, you can subtly (or not so subtly) hint that Ted (or somebody like him) needs a hearing aid.
Try some of these approaches:
- Informing him that his family has observed him straining to hear. Every year it seems like fewer and fewer people are going over to watch the Big Game and that could be because the TV is turned up so loud.
- Point out instances where you need to translate what someone said. It may happen like this: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or comprehend it, and you need to repeat the sentence to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- Point out that he’s been avoiding talking to friends and family members by phone because he has difficulty hearing what’s being said.
The goal during these discussions is to keep your discussion focused on these behaviors instead of the disorder. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, mention how his hearing loss effects those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Sometimes, reticence to wearing hearing aids comes from antiquated (but understandable) ideas of what hearing aids do and how they affect one’s personal appearance. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology utilized by modern hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Some hearing aids have extra features, such as the ability to translate in real-time or track important biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- 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 noise or feedback.
- Modern hearing aids are typically extremely small and almost totally unseen to the naked eye. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They’re not bulky like they once were. Most individuals will most likely 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 useful and will help you enjoy activities such as live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Advantages
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to point out the long-term benefits of hearing aids, which have been demonstrated 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 treat your hearing loss as soon as you can. When you have hearing loss, your ears have a difficult time processing particular wavelengths and hearing aids are calibrated to fill in those missing frequencies. Simply turning your television volume up is no 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 persuade people like Ted to seek help.