Football games with Ted are the worst. Enjoying the game is impossible because the volume is cranked up so loud that the walls rattle. The commentator’s play-by-play calls are an ear shattering staccato against the earsplitting roar of the crowd.
It isn’t in any way pleasant. But the volume sounds fine for Ted. Everything needs to be at max volume for him to hear it, making it pretty obvious that it’s time to consider hearing aids. You’re just not certain how to tell him that. It should be a straightforward discussion, but he seems excessively sensitive about the topic.
These tips are a good place to start.
Recommend a Simple Screening
Ted needs a specialist to inform him about his hearing. He may not trust other people when they inform him he needs a hearing aid. In that situation, the trick will be getting Ted (or anybody like him) to come see us.
One of the following tactics might help you do that:
- Offer to get a screening with him. This is a helpful way to discuss a new medical situation. It’s possible you’ll discover that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, as well (it could depend on how long you’ve been subjected to a high-volume noise).
- Stress that he’ll only be undergoing a simple screening. In most cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. Ted will receive his results on an audiogram, which will break down his hearing by frequency. We can detail what the results mean.
Comment on Hearing Loss Behaviors
Hearing loss is often undetectable because it advances so slowly. Specific subconscious behaviors often develop when this happens. By concentrating your conversation on those behaviors, you can subtly (or not so subtly) hint that Ted (or somebody like him) needs a hearing aid.
Try something like the following:
- Letting him know that his family has noticed him straining to hear. Maybe that’s why fewer individuals are going to his house to watch the Big Game each year, they have a tough time dealing with the loud television.
- Point out instances where you have to translate what somebody said. It might happen like this: your friend says something at breakfast, Ted doesn’t hear or understand it, and you need to repeat what they said to Ted because you’re closer to him.
- Remind Him that he’s not using the phone as much as he used to because he has a difficult time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
The goal during these talks is to keep your discussion centered on these behaviors instead of the ailment. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing impairment, mention how his hearing loss impacts those around him.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
Outdated ideas of how a hearing aid affects your appearance and what hearing aids do, in some cases, leads to reticence to wear one. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology used by modern hearing aids.
The following are some examples:
- Modern hearing aids are usually incredibly small and almost entirely unseen to the naked eye. That’s not all, modern hearing aids are incredibly comfortable for the wearer. They’re not bulky like they once were. They won’t even be seen by most people.
- Modern hearing aids carry an immense amount of technology. Thanks to connectivity, for instance, your hearing aids will pair seamlessly with your phone or even your TV speakers. This delivers amplified volumes without noise or feedback.
- Some hearing aids can even monitor your health and fitness biometrics and translate them in real time as well as other added features.
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.
Highlight The Long-Term Advantages
Finally, take the time to point out the link between hearing loss and cognitive decline. Essentially, your brain health depends on you being capable of hearing clearly.
You will keep more of your hearing intact in the long run if you treat your hearing loss as soon as you can. Hearing aids are calibrated specifically to fill in the sound wavelengths your ears have a difficult time discerning. Simply turning up your TV is no substitute for this valuable technology.
Understanding that your hearing can be preserved by getting treatment when you first notice signs of hearing impairment will help people like Ted feel comfortable seeking the help they need.