Over the years, I have learned and witnessed how hearing loss can affect individuals and their families. Each family is different, but for some reason, I have seen time and time again that discussing the possible hearing loss of any family member can be very difficult for everyone involved.
Hearing loss can be the source of miscommunications, misunderstandings, and inconveniences, causing frustration between family members. Because every family is different, there is no one way to help a loved one who has a hearing loss.
However, I have discovered a few things that may help navigate how to help them overcome this new obstacle.
Do Some Research
It is always important to understand the problem before addressing it. You may find that simply googling “hearing Loss” and reading a few articles on the subject may be very helpful.
Just make sure that the information you’re reading is from a reputable source (you can check this by researching the author or reading the about page or the website you are on).
By familiarizing yourself with hearing loss, you can help your loved one feel like you understand them, making them feel less alone in their struggle.
Researching treatments may also be helpful! This can allow you to facilitate a more in-depth conversation with your loved one about their situation and how you can help them make it better.
Directly Address the Problem
Ignoring an issue rarely ever solves it.
Oftentimes those who have a hearing loss would much rather ignore it than treat or even talk about the problem. It is so important that when you do speak to them about their hearing loss, you do so with love, kindness, and care.
Make sure they know that you are there for them and will do whatever you can to help.
Letting them know that you’ve done your research and understand what they’re going through can be incredibly comforting and maybe the most helpful thing you can do.
Suggest a Hearing Test
The first step on the road to solving a problem is identifying it.
Getting a hearing test is an absolute necessity for creating a proper treatment plan for hearing loss.
Offer to go with them!
Being there for moral support can make them feel more secure in their decision to seek treatment.
Even though we are in a pandemic and most physicians’ offices do not allow anyone other than the patient into the building, go with them to show that you care about and support them can go a long way.
Talking about hearing loss with a loved one can be difficult. Still, it is important to remember that open communication is vital to helping them get the treatment they need to live a happier and healthier life.
I hope you may find these tips helpful when trying to navigate a loved one’s journey to great hearing health. If you ever have any questions about hearing loss or treatment, call and make an appointment with us at Hearing Associates! We would love to help you in any way we can.