Helping a Loved One with Hearing Loss
Do you have a loved one who always has the television cranked up to top volume? Repeating yourself all the time? Constantly acting as translator or go-between?
Chances are, they are experiencing hearing loss.
If you have a loved one who is suffering with hearing loss, there are things you can do to help.
Be gentle with them.
Many people don’t even realize that they aren’t hearing well anymore - and that information can cause a little bit of shock. Break it to them gently, without blaming them. They probably do realize that they have withdrawn from general life and may even be isolating themselves - but they don’t even realize why.
Encourage them by offering to get tested too.
Getting your hearing tested conjures feelings of being old, or weak, or disabled - but that’s just not an accurate belief. People of all ages lose their hearing for a number of reasons. It doesn’t make you weak, old or disabled.
If your loved one isn’t wild about the idea of getting tested, offer to get tested too. There is safety in numbers, and knowing that you will be there for them really makes a difference.
Advocate for them, but don’t coddle them or allow them to rely on you for communication.
Honestly, this is easy to do, because this is a person you love and care about - but it doesn’t do them any favors for you to take care of everything.
Remind them that in our modern society, hearing loss is VERY common.
In fact, 1 in 3 adults over age 65 and 1 in 6 people aged 41-59 have hearing loss.
Go online and research hearing aids together.
When most people think of hearing aids, they think of the ones their own grandparents or parents used to wear. Thank goodness, those lumbering devices are a thing of the past.
Today’s models are sleek, small and integrate with a number of devices to make life so much easier.