Watching sports with Ted is very difficult. Paying attention to the game is impossible because the volume is turned up so loud that the walls rattle. All you can hear is the roar of the crowd pounding against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the announcer’s play-by-play calls.
It isn’t at all enjoyable. But for Ted, it’s a normal volume. Everything has to be at top volume for him to hear it, making it pretty obvious that it’s time to consider hearing aids. You’re just not certain how to talk to him that. His sensitivity about the subject makes what should be a straightforward conversation a lot more difficult.
The following are some tips that may help.
You Can Suggest he Gets a Basic Hearing Evaluation
Ted needs to find out more about his hearing from an expert. Other people might not seem as credible when they talk to him about it. In that situation, the strategy will be getting Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
You might be able to accomplish that by making use of one of the following tactics:
- Stress that he’ll only be having a quick screening. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are quick and easy. Ted will get his results on an audiogram, which will break down his hearing by frequency. We can explain what the results indicate.
- Offer to get a screening too. This can make starting the conversation easier. You might find out that you also have some level of hearing loss (it may depend on how long you’ve been exposed to a high-volume sound).
Talk About Behaviors Connected To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is often undetectable because it progresses so gradually. Certain subconscious behaviors frequently develop when this occurs. By focusing 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:
- Point out that you’ve noticed how frequently you’re “translating” for him. It may happen like this: somebody is talking to Ted but you’re closer and Ted needs you to keep repeating what was said because he can’t understand them.
- Letting him know that his family has observed him straining to hear. Perhaps that’s why fewer people are going to his home to watch the Big Game each year, they have a hard time dealing with the loud television.
- Point out that he’s been evading talking to family members and friends by phone because he has difficulty hearing what’s being said.
The goal during these talks is to keep your discussion centered on these behaviors rather than the disorder. Instead of discussing how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, mention how his hearing loss impacts those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Antiquated ideas of how a hearing aid impacts your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some cases, leads to reluctance to use one. It may not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology employed by modern hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- The technology of modern hearing aids is quite advanced. Thanks to connectivity, for instance, your hearing aids will pair seamlessly with your phone or even your TV speakers. With this technology, the volume of your devices will be amplified without feedback and noise.
- Typically, modern hearing aids are so small you can’t even notice them. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They aren’t the big and cumbersome units they used to be. They won’t even be noticed by most people.
- Some hearing aids have extra features, including the ability to translate in real-time or track key biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
Hearing aids, for many individuals, are a perfect extension to their other smart technology. In this modern world, hearing aids are incredibly practical and will help you enjoy activities like live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Benefits
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to mention the long-term benefits of hearing aids, which have been shown to help people keep (or recover) mental equity. In other words, your brain health depends on you being capable of hearing clearly.
The sooner you address your hearing loss, the more hearing you’re likely to keep over time. When you have hearing impairment, your ears have a difficult time processing specific wavelengths and hearing aids are calibrated to fill in those missing frequencies. Simply turning up your TV isn’t a substitute for this valuable technology.
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.