Admitting that hearing loss has set in can be difficult, especially with the social stigma surrounding those who are hard of hearing. As with any change, coming to terms with hearing loss takes time, and for many, the first stage in that process is denial. Many people go to lengths to convince themselves they don’t need treatment for their hearing loss, and others may not even realize they’ve lost their hearing at all. It can be difficult to know how to talk to someone about hearing loss, but there are ways to approach the subject to help them understand that treatment will lead to a better long-term quality of life.
DO be understanding
For most people, hearing loss has developed with age, setting in over a long span of time. Because of this, it can be hard to admit that hearing loss is real and not simply the fault of conversation partners who are “mumbling” or “not speaking up”.
It’s important to be understanding with your loved one. If they do not realize they’ve been losing their hearing, they may deny the need for treatment when confronted with it. Be gentle and let them know that hearing loss is common. Seeking treatment does not mean they will lose their freedom or appear older and incapable. Opting for a hearing aid actually has many benefits.
Helping your loved one overcome any fears will help move the process along to the next step – taking a hearing test and looking into hearing aids. Remember to be empathetic and that you want what is best for them.
DO let them know you can help
Seeking treatment for hearing loss can feel very daunting, so make yourself available for support and let your loved one know they can lean on you. Sometimes the only reason people delay treatment is because the task seems so overwhelming. Accompany them to doctors’ appointments, help them do research, and help them compare hearing aid options.
DON’T focus on the negatives
It can be easy to fall into the trap of pointing out the negative effects that hearing loss has on you and your loved one’s lives. This can cause them to feel guilty, defensive, or even angry.
Rather than focusing on the negatives, stress the positive effects that treatment can bring to their life, such as being more independent, feeling more energized, preventing dementia or cognitive decline, and participating in conversations at family holidays or social gatherings.
DO know that hearing aids can be affordable
One of the biggest obstacles facing those who need hearing aids is financing the device. Purchasing just one hearing aid can cost thousands of dollars, and it’s usually recommended to use them in a pair. MDHearingAid devices, however, are an affordable option. They cost up to 82% less than comparable hearing aids and have financing options available. Ready to learn more? Call us at 1-888-670-4327, or contact us online for more information.