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How can I help a relative with hearing loss?

Many people are inspired to take control of their hearing conditions by their relatives and friends. However, the situation must be approached carefully and constructively in order to produce positive results. Here are a few questions that can prepare you to have a conversation about hearing loss:

  • Who? Although you may genuinely want to help someone you love seek treatment for hearing loss, you may not be the right person to start the conversation. Consider carefully which friend or member of the family can offer support that the patient will listen to. For example, a friend who has a hearing aid or has recovered from an injury can offer tips and experience without condescension.
     
  • When? Once you have chosen the right person, you should choose the right time to approach the topic. One-on-one is often best, as the patient may be unaware of his condition, and privacy will lessen the chances of any shame or embarrassment he feels. Resist the urge to bring the topic up at a large gathering, or if you only have a few moments to talk; you have to be fully present for your loved one in order to make a positive impression.
     
  • How? You may find that you don’t need to say very much in order to get your point across. You should have more information ready in case your loved one requests to know more, such as a booklet on hearing loss and possible treatments that she can read later. Above all, you need to be supportive and constructive; avoid using language such as “you have to” or “we are going to,” which may seem to be bullying your loved one into taking action rather than empowering her to make a choice.
     
  • What next? You should have a clear objective in mind when you start the conversation. It could be to convince your loved one to visit her doctor, to submit to a hearing test, or even just to make a date to talk about it again in the future. Many patients who are embarrassed by the topic initially will warm to the idea of a hearing test once they have a chance to process their feelings.

A Hearing Test Can Be the First Step Toward Relief

Hearing restoration can make a significant improvement in the you loved one’s quality of life, and it often begins with a simple hearing test. Help your loved one learn more about successful hearing loss treatment by ordering our free informational guide, or call us today at 888-262-2613 to make an appointment at the Sound Advice Hearing Aid Center nearest you.