Watching sports with Ted is very frustrating. He has the volume turned up so loud the walls shake, and you definitely can’t tune in to the game. The commentator’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting roar of the crowd.
It’s not pleasant. But the volume seems normal for Ted. Everything needs to be at max volume for him to hear it, making it rather obvious that it’s time to think about hearing aids. How to discuss this with him is the problem. It should be a straightforward discussion, but he seems overly sensitive about the topic.
The following are a few recommendations that could help.
You Can Recommend he Gets a Basic Hearing Exam
Ted needs an expert to inform him about his hearing. He may not trust other people when they inform him he needs a hearing aid. In that situation, the trick will be convincing Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
One of the following tactics might help you do that:
- Try making him feel more at ease by letting him know that it’s just a simple assessment. In most cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. Ted will get his results on an audiogram, which will break down his hearing by frequency. The meaning of the results can then be clarified by us.
- Suggest that both of you go together for back-to-back screenings. This can make beginning the dialogue easier. You may find out that you also have some degree of hearing loss (it may depend on how long you’ve been subjected to a high-volume noise).
Talk About Behaviors Linked To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is frequently undetectable because it advances so gradually. Specific subconscious behaviors often develop when this happens. You can hint in a subtle way that Ted needs a hearing aid by putting attention on these behaviors.
Try some of these approaches:
- Point out that he’s been evading talking to friends and family members by phone because he has trouble hearing what’s being said.
- Mention that you’ve observed how frequently you’re “translating” for him. It might happen like this: someone is talking to Ted but you’re closer and Ted needs you to keep repeating what was said because he can’t understand them.
- You could tell him the family has observed he’s been having a tough time hearing. Perhaps that’s why fewer individuals are going to his home to watch the Big Game each year, they have a tough time coping with the loud television.
When you have these conversations focusing on these behaviors, not the condition, will be the goal. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, point out how his hearing loss effects those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Sometimes, reticence to using 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 used by modern hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- Some hearing aids have added features, such as the ability to translate in real-time or track key biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- Modern hearing aids are usually very small and almost completely imperceptible to the naked eye. Not only that, modern hearing aids are incredibly comfortable for the wearer. They aren’t the big and bulky units they used to be. They won’t even be seen by most people.
- The technology of modern hearing aids is pretty advanced. Thanks to connectivity, for instance, your hearing aids will pair seamlessly with your phone or even your TV speakers. With this tech, the volume of your devices will be increased without noise and feedback.
For many individuals, hearing aids feel like an extension of their smartphones or tablets. Modern hearing aids are extremely useful pieces of technology that help you enjoy live streaming.
Highlight The Long-Term Benefits
Finally, take the time to emphasize the connection between hearing loss and mental health decline. In other words, your brain health depends on you being capable of hearing clearly.
The sooner you treat your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep over time. When you have hearing loss, your ears have a difficult time processing specific wavelengths and hearing aids are calibrated to fill in those missing frequencies. When you simply turn up the volume you don’t fill in the particular frequencies that are missing.
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.