When your partner, parents, or friends experience a decline in their hearing, you might also be feeling the stress. Most people with hearing loss will wait a while before they seek professional help. In the meantime, your patience will be tested, and your life complicated to cope with your loved one’s hearing loss.
Most people aren’t aware they don’t hear as they did before. Because hearing gradually declines, we continue to compensate for it, making it harder to realize that we have even a problem.
How hearing loss affects everyone.
The loss of hearing does not only affect the person with it. It affects friends, family, even the mailman. Here are some of the ways it can affect others:
- Increased frustration:Loud TVs, constantly repeating or translating for your loved ones, can be annoying. Friends and family are also asked to do the same.
- Increased anxiety: The loss of hearing raised the risk of falls, accidents, and missed sounds of alarm — producing strain and stress for everyone.
- Repeated miscommunications:If communication is slowed or incomplete, mistakes and misunderstandings are more likely to occur.
- Sorrow: Seeing someone close to you, slowly withdraw from everything they’ve ever loved doing can be hard to take.
Upon admission, one in 20 says no to a hearing test immediately. However, by addressing the problem sensibly and reflectively, you can increase the chances of success. Here’s how we suggest that you do this:
Do your homework
Online information on hearing loss is plentiful. Look at regional associations, including the Hearing Loss Association of America and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Such pages include information on hearing loss symptoms, studies on hearing loss problems, and advice on treatment.
Pick a quiet time & place.
Hearing damage leads to a failure in speech recognition. That’s why you want to make sure you are heard loud and clear for your essential conversation. Rather than choosing a crowded café or busy restaurant, choose a peaceful, well-lit setting. Such conditions are more conducive to communicating well with your loved one.
Speak to your loved one about your experiences
It is a delicate topic, and you want to do all you can to avoid making your loved one defensive. Rather than dump all of your grievances on them, talk to them about the times where the condition has affected you personally.
Where possible, draw attention to specific examples. “Using “I” declarations are more effective than framing it as the fault of your loved one. An example might be “I find it frustrating when I have to repeat myself so often.”
Ask for their opinion
When you let your loved one know your thoughts, ask questions, and see what they have to tell you about your loved one. People are also far more open to support if they own the reasons, which may encourage them to share their stories on their hands. Ask open-ended questions to include more detail – instead of merely asking yes or no.
Don’t be a ‘human hearing aid.’
Try not to be the ears of your loved one. Many people with hearing loss expect other people to help them hear things for them. You can show your beloved how much they rely on outside support to understand by refraining from doing so. Your point can be made manifest through small adjustments, such as pointing out the situations when you are helping them understand something.
Do not encourage your loved one to survive without a hearing aid. Changing your actions to mold the immediate needs of someone who has a hearing impairment is not beneficial in the long run. It is best to help them understand that their problem with hearing is their problem, not anyone else’s.
Take a test yourself.
Give yourself an annual hearing test too. That way, you are walking the walk when it comes to the importance of maintaining good hearing health. An easy way to do this is to have one as part of your annual physical.
If your loved one is up for a hearing test, arrange a meeting with us. A hearing test will offer a clear understanding of your loved one’s condition and help us decide whether a hearing impairment is present.
The only way to get a comprehensive assessment of their listening ability is through a qualified professional like us. At Concierge Hearing Group, we’ll provide the best advice and technologies to fit their requirements best.