We know that helping a loved one acknowledge that they may have a hearing problem can be a challenge. They may be in denial or think that the problem isn’t that bad.
When a loved one has a hearing problem, it not only affects them, but those around them.
Not being able to hear well poses social, overall health and safety concerns. It can be frustrating to have to repeat yourself or enjoy TV with them in the same room. Phone conversations can be hard, with them misunderstanding what is being said. The social impact of hearing loss can be a great one sometimes resulting in isolation and feelings of depression. They may miss out on important family and friend gatherings or miss time with their grandchildren because they feel like a burden because of their hearing problem.
In addition to feeling bad about them missing family events, you may be concerned for their safety or the safety of others as well. If they can’t hear every day sounds such as sirens, alarms, or the voices of dependents (maybe grandchildren they help care for) they may be putting themselves and others in danger.
Hearing loss has even been linked to very serious health issues like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The phrase “use it or lose it” can apply here, as our brain can lose the ability to understand. Our ears function for us to hear, but understanding happens in our brain. This is why it’s possible to hear, but sometimes not understand what is being said – your brain may slowly lose the ability to connect and recognize sounds and certain words. This is why early detection of hearing loss is important to help avoid more serious issues.
Adult children are often times involved in helping their parents or close family members make medical decisions. This may describe you too. It’s important to you that they hear better, but what do you do to help them? You don’t want them to continue to miss out, not when there’s help available.
The best way to help a loved one is to encourage them to get a free hearing test. If they are reluctant, you may want to share how their hearing loss is affecting you and others around them. Tell them you care about them and want them to hear better. You can also offer to go with them to get tested. In addition to being great moral support, by attending you can help the hearing professional understand the full picture of how your loved one’s hearing loss is impacting them and how to best help.
In summary, when looking to help a loved one:
- Understand the warning signs of hearing loss.
- Understand and convey the dangers of leaving hearing loss untreated.
- Talk to your loved one and let them know how their hearing problem is affecting you.
- Encourage your loved one to schedule a hearing test at Beltone, its painless and free.
- Attend the initial hearing test with your loved one as well as follow up appointments if possible.
We know that communication with your loved ones is very important, and determining the best way to get them help can be hard to figure out on your own. We want to assure you that Beltone will be right beside both of you every step of the way and as a team we can figure out how to get them hearing well again. Call us today, nothing delights us more than bringing people back into life’s conversations.