8 ways to help your hard of hearing loved one to come for a hearing check.

Most believe that they can “get along” without using a hearing aid. And unfortunately too many wait years or even decades to address the effects of hearing loss. As you love and care for your hard of hearing family member, it is only natural that you want to help them.

Since the inception of Clarisound Professional Hearing Care, we have come across many situations where the family members or friends of the person suffering from hearing loss refused to come for a hearing check or take action for his / her hearing loss.

There were situations like some were tricked into coming in or literally forced to get their hearing checked! Hence, this is the reason why we have compiled this article to share with you 8 ways on how to get your hard of hearing loved one to get their hearing checked.

Hearing loss can be emotionally similar to losing anything else that is important in a person’s life. We value our hearing, therefore we quite naturally grief when we lose it. It is actually normal that your loved one might be going through the five stages of grief.

  1. DENIAL – refused to believe that they have hearing loss example ” I hear fine! you always mumble”
  2. ANGER – towards anyone related to the loss ( Some may take their anger out on their spouse or loved ones)
  3. BARGAINING –  example ” let me hear better and I will never ask for another thing”
  4. DEPRESSION – I might as well not participate in any more social activities as I can’t hear what people around me are saying. This is where they begin to withdraw themselves from social activities.
  5. ACCEPTANCE –  I am so lonely and tired of missing out on the special moments. It is time I get help.
Mother with daugther
Portrait of mother with teen daughter.

In order to make this as smooth as possible, do read our tips below:-

1. Read and research

If your parents are suffering from hearing loss, it would be good for you to do some brief research about hearing loss and hearing aids. Your parents would appreciate that you have read up and are able to have a light discussion with them.

2. Chose the right time and place

Ensure that the place is private, comfortable and quiet. Casually chat with your loved one and remember you should focus on effect! It is best to mention how you would like to see them continue enjoying their social activities with their friends and family as well as participate in the conversations rather than bluntly point out about their hearing loss and how they are just cancelling all their activities. Oftentimes, the person with hearing loss would know that deep down they have a hearing loss and need to seek help.

3.  Be Empathic

It is important to remain calm when speaking with them. Come from a place of love  & patience rather than frustration and anger. Remember to be empathic.  Listen to their concerns and avoid cutting him or her off. Let your loved one speak out if they are up to it. Explain that you understand their fears and concerns.

4. Be Prepared for common objections

Download our ebook, on hearing loss myths and facts to be able to counter their objections.

http://www.clarisound.com/index.html#ebook

Some examples are:-

  1. A hearing aid will make me look different – fact: Untreated hearing loss is more obvious than not using a hearing aid. 
  2.  Hearing loss affects old people and is merely a sign of ageing.    – fact: 1 in 5 people have hearing loss regardless of age. In fact, more of the younger generation are prone to hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud noise.

5. Annual hearing check

Tell them that everyone should get their hearing checked annually. Mention that you would get your hearing checked as well.  After all, everyone should have their hearing checked annually so that includes you too.  Plus Clarisound offers a FREE comprehensive hearing check.

6. Encourage other loved ones to speak out too

If it is your mother who is suffering from hearing loss, ask your dad or your siblings to speak out too. So you won’t be the only one. Tell them to repeat what you have said to your mom. Remember, focus on EFFECT. Remind and tell her that you care for her well being.mother with teen daughter

7. Share with them the risk of waiting.

A recent study by John Hopkins and the National Institute of Aging found a correlation between untreated hearing loss and a loss of cognitive function, noting a higher risk of developing forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s.

There are many psychological effects of untreated hearing loss, including frustration, withdrawal and depression. Trouble communicating with others creates a strain on relationships and a loss of esteem. Accidents – what if their hearing loss caused them their life or other’s life, for example, the dangers when the fire alarm triggers and they can’t hear etc. It is far better to deal with hearing loss than to pretend it isn’t happening.

8. Remind them that they are not alone. 

  • Around 466 million people worldwide have hearing loss, and 34 million of these are children.
  • It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people will have hearing loss.
  • Hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, the use of particular drugs, exposure to excessive noise, and ageing.

Everyone deserves to hear what the world has to offer! Should you have any questions do contact us. We would be more than happy to assist you. 

References

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs300/en/

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