Talking to a Loved One About Seeing an Audiologist

Starting a conversation about hearing loss can sometimes be difficult.

Hearing loss can sometimes be a very difficult topic to discuss, especially with a loved one. Many people that experience hearing loss are often in denial and can become defensive or upset if you try and approach them about it. This might be for a number of reasons, and often, these reasons are very personal.

The most common reasons for denying hearing loss include:

  • Fear of Aging
  • Cost of Treatments
  • Unaware of the Extent of their Hearing Loss
  • Appearance of Hearing Aids

5 Tips on How to Talk to a Loved One About Hearing Loss:

  1. Kindly remind them of their hearing loss every time you have to repeat something for them.

  2. Ask your local hearing care provider for any relevant information that you can share with your loved one about their hearing loss.

  3. If you get resistance, be prepared for some of the following common statements:

    • “My family doctor would have told me if I have hearing loss.”

      • This is not necessarily true; less than 20% of primary doctors routinely screen for hearing loss during physicals.

    • “Wearing a hearing aid will make my hearing loss obvious.”

      • Wrong again. Today’s hearing aids are made to be sleek and stylish. Not to mention, wearing a hearing aid will be less noticeable than asking people to repeat themselves, inappropriately responding to them, or not responding at all.

    • “A little hearing loss is no big deal.”

      • FACT: Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to ailments such as stress, depression, social rejection, increased risk to personal safety, reduced earning power and more.

    • “People probably think I am confused.”

      • It is common to confuse hearing loss with dementia. That is why it is important to seek treatment which will improve one’s quality of life.

  4. Offer to schedule AND attend a hearing consultation with them for a comprehensive hearing assessment.

  5. Remind them they have nothing to lose and potentially everything to gain by seeing a hearing care professional.

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If you know someone who could benefit from help, suggest they get start by getting their hearing assessed by a certified hearing care professional such as an audiologist. If you or a loved one would like to speak with an experienced hearing care professional about hearing loss or would like to get a comprehensive hearing assessment, contact us at Hearing Solutions, Inc and schedule an appointment.

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