Millions of people who would benefit from hearing aids are currently not using them. If you have a loved one with untreated hearing loss who is hesitant to get help, you might be feeling frustrated, resentful and unsure of what steps to take.
Whether it’s your spouse, partner, parent or friend, let’s examine some of the best ways to convince them to address their hearing loss.
Pick the Right Time
Timing is everything, and that includes when to talk to your loved ones about hearing loss. Make sure it’s a time when neither of you are rushed or under extra stress. Adopt a casual and non-confrontational tone. Let them know that you are having this conversation because you care about them, and make sure they feel safe and heard when sharing their feelings.
Tout the Benefits
A 2013 study looked at people who were fitted with hearing aids but chose not to wear them. One of the biggest reasons was that participants felt their devices did not give them enough benefit and weren’t worth the value.
It can take a while to get the full benefits of hearing aids and many of the advantages they offer might not be known. Hearing aids can:
- Make it easier to follow conversations in louder environments, like when out to eat at Vintage House Restaurant.
- Decrease feelings of anxiety and depression
- Improve physical health
- Reduce the risk of cognitive dementia
- Strengthen relationships
- Improve concentration
It may help to do a bit of research so that you feel comfortable explaining the many benefits of treating hearing loss.
Oftentimes, people are hesitant to get hearing aids because they are afraid others will see them as old or less capable. They also have antiquated ideas of what hearing aids look like. Modern devices are small, barely visible and able to connect to the latest technology.
Share Your Feelings
Untreated hearing loss can take a toll on relationships, especially if you are a spouse or partner. You may feel frustrated always needing to repeat yourself or having to act as a translator when you go out together. Gently share with your loved one how their hearing loss makes it harder for you to communicate. They may be surprised to learn just how much it is affecting your relationship.
Offer Continuing Support
Help them find an audiologist and schedule a hearing test. Offer to go with them for moral support. Taking the first step towards treating their hearing loss may feel overwhelming. It can help to know they have you by their side.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for yourself or a loved one, call Carolina Ear Nose & Throat - Sinus and Allergy Center today.