Here at Beltone, we know that helping your loved one understand and acknowledge that they may have hearing loss can be a challenge. They may be in denial or think that their hearing problem isn’t that bad.
When a loved is suffering from hearing loss, it not only affects them, but those around them as well.
Hearing loss poses risk to a person’s safety, overall health and even socially. It can be frustrating to have to repeat yourself or enjoy TV with them in the same room. Conversations that do not happen face-to-face, like telephone calls can be hard, with them misunderstanding what is being said. The social impact of hearing loss can be a great one sometimes resulting in isolation and feelings of depression. They may start avoiding gatherings with family and friends where they may not understand what is being said and causing them to feel embarrassed or feel like a burden.
In addition to them feeling bad about missing family events, safety is likely another large concern. If they can’t hear usual day-to-day sounds such as sirens, alarms, or the voices of dependents (maybe grandchildren they help care for) they may be putting themselves and others in danger.
Hearing loss has even been linked to very serious health issues like Alzheimer’s and Dementia. The phrase “use it or lose it” can apply here, as our brain can lose the ability to understand. Our ears function for us to hear, but understanding happens in our brain. This is why it’s possible to hear, but sometimes not understand what is being said – your brain may slowly lose the ability to connect and recognize sounds and certain words. This is why early detection of hearing loss is important to help avoid more serious issues.
Adult children are often times involved in helping their parents or close family members make medical decisions. This may describe you too. It’s important to you that they hear better, but what do you do to help them? You don’t want them to continue to miss out, not when there’s help available.
The best way to help a loved one is to encourage them to start with a free hearing test. If they are hesitant, you may want to tell them how their hearing loss is affecting you and others around them. Let them know you care about them and want them to hear better. You may want to offer to go with them to the appointment. Not only would you be great moral support, but by attending you can help the hearing professional get the full understanding of how your loved one’s hearing loss is impacting them and those around them.
In summary, when looking to help a loved one:
- Understand the warning signs of hearing loss.
- Understand and convey the dangers of leaving hearing loss untreated.
- Talk to your loved one and let them know how their hearing problem is affecting you.
- Encourage your loved one to schedule a hearing test at Beltone, its painless and free.
- Attend the initial hearing test with your loved one as well as follow up appointments if possible.
We know that keeping your loved one connected through communication is very important and finding the best way to get them help can be challenging on your own. At Beltone, we want to assure you that we will be right beside you throughout this journey to better hearing. We will get your loved one hearing well again.