Watching sports with Ted is very frustrating. He has the volume turned up so high the walls shake, and you definitely can’t tune in to the game. All you notice is the roar of the crowd pounding against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the commentator’s play-by-play calls.
It’s not fun. But the volume seems normal for Ted. He needs the TV to be extremely loud so he can hear it, which makes it pretty obvious he needs a hearing aid. You’re just not sure how to tell him that. His sensitivity about the topic makes what should be a straightforward conversation much more difficult.
The following are a few tips that could help.
You Can Recommend he Gets a Basic Hearing Test
Ted needs an expert to educate him about his hearing. Other people might not sound as credible when they talk to him about it. If that’s the case, the strategy will be getting Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
You might be able to accomplish that by utilizing one of the following tactics:
- Suggest the two of you go together for back-to-back screenings. This is a beneficial way to broach a new medical situation. You might discover that you also have some degree of hearing loss (it could depend on how long you’ve been exposed to a high-volume sound).
- Attempt to make him feel more at ease by letting him know that it’s just a simple screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. His hearing will be categorized by frequency on an audiogram. The significance of the information can then be clarified by us.
Talk About Behaviors Connected To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss occurs gradually, often advancing so slowly it’s unnoticeable. When this happens, you might pick up certain behaviors without knowing it. By concentrating your conversation 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:
- You could tell him your family has observed he’s been having a difficult time hearing. Every year it seems like fewer and fewer people are going over to see the Big Game and that could be because the TV is so loud.
- Point out that you’ve noticed how frequently you’re “translating” for him. It may happen like this: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or comprehend it, and you have to repeat the sentence to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- Remind Him that he’s not talking on the phone as much as he once did because he has a difficult time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
The goal during these conversations is to keep your discussion centered on these behaviors instead of the ailment. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, mention how his hearing loss impacts those around him.
Highlight The Technology in Modern Hearing Aids
Antiquated ideas of how a hearing aid impacts your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some cases, leads to reticence to use one. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology used by contemporary hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- Some hearing aids can even track your health and fitness biometrics and translate them in real time as well as other additional features.
- Modern hearing aids have a huge amount of technology. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices by way of Bluetooth® connectivity. This provides amplified volumes without feedback or noise.
- 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’re not bulky like they once were. They won’t even be noticed by most people.
Hearing aids, for many people, are a perfect extension to their other smart technology. Modern hearing aids are exceptionally helpful pieces of technology that allow you to enjoy live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Advantages
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) their cognitive faculties. In other words, your brain health depends on you being able to hear clearly.
The sooner you treat your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep over time. Hearing aids are calibrated specifically to fill in the sound wavelengths your ears have a difficult time discerning. When you simply turn up the volume you don’t fill in the particular missing frequencies.
Understanding that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first notice signs of hearing loss will help people like Ted feel comfortable getting the help they need.