Talking to a loved one about hearing loss
Hearing loss doesn’t just affect the person who has it. It also affects spouses, family members and friends. From frustration with having to repeat things over and over to heartbreak at seeing someone you care about isolate themselves from the people and activities they love, the negative effects of hearing loss cast a wide net.
Do’s and don’ts when approaching this important subject
Left untreated, hearing loss can affect a person’s quality of life in many ways. Yet without even realizing it, you may be making it easier for someone not to seek help.
Well-intentioned efforts such as repeating yourself or “translating” what others are saying may be preventing your loved one from realizing how much communication they fail to understand or miss completely.
How to help
Don’t be surprised if you get resistance
Unlike eyesight, when hearing goes, people are in less of a hurry to do something about it — with many waiting 5-7 years before finally seeking treatment. Be prepared for pushback with these responses.
A hearing test is the best first step
If you know someone who could benefit from help, suggest they get a hearing test. At Hearing Plus LLC, our hearing tests are performed on advanced, precision testing equipment by a doctoral level audiologist there is to assure no medical reason for your hearings loss. Visit our Contact Us page to find out more.
Patricia Larson Shields, AuD FAAA MACCCSP/L is a doctor of audiology with her degree from The School of Audiology of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in February, 2003. She has been in business in Mitchell, SD since September, 1991.