Losing your hearing or being the parent, spouse or family member of someone dealing with hearing loss can be extremely difficult. It takes the average person seven years to come to terms with his or her hearing loss and seek hearing aids. During the process, we recommend practicing good communication skills and offering encouragement and support throughout the journey.
Here are some simple tips for helping someone with hearing loss:
These tips can help, but it’s also important to make sure the other person is aware of their hearing loss. This can be a sensitive topic, especially with someone that may be having trouble coming to terms with their hearing loss. Here are some considerations:
Most of all, be patient. Some individuals consider pursuit of hearing aids a sign of old age or failing health or weakness which couldn’t be more untrue! Also, hearing aid wearers who feel as though they were pushed into the decision are more likely to reject their aids and be unsuccessful. People who come to our office on their own are empowered to change their communication abilities and “own” the experience. They tend to be successful with hearing aids in the long term.