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 shake. The announcer’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting roar of the crowd.
It isn’t in any way enjoyable. But the volume seems fine for Ted. He requires the TV to be tremendously loud so he can hear it, which makes it rather clear he needs a hearing aid. How to discuss this with him is the difficulty. It should be a simple conversation, but he seems overly sensitive about the topic.
These tips are a good place to begin.
You Can Suggest he Gets a Basic Hearing Evaluation
Ted needs a specialist to inform him about his hearing. Other people might not seem as credible when they tell him about it. If that’s the case, the strategy will be convincing Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
One of the following strategies might help you do that:
- Suggest that both of you go together for back-to-back screenings. This can make beginning the conversation easier. It’s possible you’ll learn that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, too (it could depend on how long you’ve been subjected to a high-volume noise).
- Emphasize that he’ll only be having a basic assessment. In the vast majority of cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. His hearing will be categorized by frequency on an audiogram. The significance of the results can then be clarified by us.
Talk About Behaviors Linked To Hearing Loss
Hearing loss occurs gradually, often progressing so slowly it’s unnoticeable. Certain subconscious behaviors often develop when this happens. You can hint in a discreet way that Ted needs a hearing aid by focusing on these behaviors.
Try something like the following:
- Point out situations where you have to translate what somebody said. Here’s a hypothetical example: someone is talking to Ted but you’re closer and Ted needs you to constantly repeat what was said because he can’t understand them.
- You could tell him the family has noticed he’s been having a hard time hearing. Every year it seems like fewer and fewer people are going over to see the Big Game and that could be because the TV is turned up so loud.
- Point out that he’s been evading talking to friends and family members on the phone because he has difficulty hearing what they say.
When you have these talks focusing on these behaviors, not the condition, will be the objective. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, point out how his hearing loss impacts people in his life.
Emphasize The Technology in Contemporary Hearing Aids
Outdated notions of how a hearing aid affects your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some instances, results in reticence to use one. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology employed by contemporary hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Usually, contemporary hearing aids are so small you can’t even see them. That’s not all, modern hearing aids are incredibly comfortable for the wearer. They’re not cumbersome like they once were. Most people will probably never detect you’re wearing them.
- Some hearing aids have extra features, like the ability to translate in real-time or track key biometrics better than some commercial fitness trackers.
- The technology of modern hearing aids is very advanced. Thanks to connectivity, for instance, your hearing aids will pair easily with your phone or even your TV speakers. This delivers amplified volumes without noise or feedback.
Hearing aids, for many people, are an ideal extension to their other smart technology. In this modern world, hearing aids are incredibly useful and will help you enjoy activities such as live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Benefits
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to point out the long-term benefits of hearing aids, which have been demonstrated to help people keep (or recover) mental equity. In other words, your brain health depends on you being able to hear clearly.
You will keep more of your hearing intact in the long run if you manage your hearing loss as soon as possible. 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. When you simply turn the volume up you don’t fill in the particular frequencies that are missing.
Getting treatment as soon as you begin noticing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and knowing that will help convince people like Ted to seek help.