Have a Hearing Heart-To-Heart
There are many reasons why a person avoids having their hearing tested:
- It’s a sign of aging
- It’s a sign of impairment
- It happened so slowly they don’t even notice the problem
The family and friends of those experiencing hearing loss will often notice the issue long before the patient is willing to admit it. So how do you have the conversation?
Have an Honest Conversation
Find a casual setting: a family dinner, or while playing a board game. Talk about what you experience when you interact with them, and how their hearing issues affect your conversations. Use real life examples and possibilities – phone calls, how loud they keep their TV or radio, etc. Explain that it’s an issue that can grow into a problem, but can be remedied.
Explain the Importance
The reasons that people will avoid the screenings are often understandable, but the necessity of being able to hear in your daily activities is more important. Ignoring the hearing loss presently can lead to a more severe loss in the future. If you are a hearing aid wearer, but your loved one is not, share the changes it’s made in your life.
Get Checked Together
A hearing screening should be a part of everyone’s wellness evaluations. Just as regularly seeing your primary care doctor for annual physicals, the dentist for cleanings, and the optometrist for your vision, you should see a hearing specialist by the age of 50, if for no reason than a baseline assessment. If your loved one doesn’t see the issue, make appointments together, for both of your wellbeing.