Watching sports with Ted is incredibly difficult. He has the volume cranked up so high the walls shake, and you surely can’t tune in to the game. All you can hear is the roar of the crowd hammering against your body, punctuated by the ear-shattering staccato of the commentator’s play-by-play calls.
It isn’t at all enjoyable. But the volume seems fine for Ted. He needs the TV to be tremendously loud so he can hear it, which makes it rather clear he needs a hearing aid. How to talk to him about it is the difficulty. It should be a simple discussion, but he seems excessively sensitive about the topic.
These tips are a good place to begin.
You Can Recommend he Gets a Basic Hearing Evaluation
Ted needs a specialist to educate him about his hearing. He might not trust other people when they tell him he needs a hearing aid. In that situation, the strategy will be getting Ted (or anyone like him) to come see us.
One of the following tactics might help you do that:
- Try making him feel more comfortable by letting him know that it’s just a simple assessment. In most cases, hearing screenings are fast and easy. Ted will get his results on an audiogram, which will break down his hearing by frequency. The significance of the results can then be broken down by us.
- Offer to get a screening too. This is a beneficial way to discuss a new medical situation. It’s possible you’ll discover that you’ve experienced some hearing loss, too (depending on how long you’ve been exposed to loud sound).
Talk About Behaviors Associated With Hearing Loss
Hearing loss happens gradually, often advancing so slowly it’s unnoticeable. When this happens, you may pick up certain behaviors without knowing it. By concentrating your discussion on those behaviors, you can subtly (or not so subtly) hint that Ted (or someone like him) needs a hearing aid.
Try something like the following:
- Remind Him that he’s not talking on the phone as much as he used to because he has a difficult time hearing what his friends are saying on the other end.
- You could tell him the family has noticed he’s been having a hard time hearing. Perhaps that’s why fewer people are going to his house to watch the Big Game each year, they have a difficult time coping with the loud television.
- Mention that you’ve observed how often you’re “translating” for him. Here’s a hypothetical example: somebody is talking to Ted but you’re closer and Ted needs you to keep repeating what was said because he can’t understand them.
When you have these talks focusing on these behaviors, not the condition, will be the objective. Instead of talking about how Ted is experiencing hearing loss, point out how his hearing loss impacts people in his life.
Talk About Hearing Aid Technology
In some instances, reluctance to using hearing aids comes from outdated (but understandable) ideas of what hearing aids do and how they impact one’s personal appearance. It might not be a bad idea to emphasize the innovative technology utilized by modern hearing aids.
Here are some examples:
- The technology of modern hearing aids is quite advanced. Your hearing aid will connect wirelessly with your phone, TV, and other smart devices thanks to Bluetooth® connectivity. With this technology, the volume of your devices will be increased without feedback and noise.
- Some hearing aids can even monitor your health and fitness biometrics and render them in real time as well as other added features.
- Usually, modern hearing aids are so small you can’t even see them. And, modern hearing aids are also comfortable to wear. They’re not bulky like they once were. They won’t even be noticed by most people.
Hearing aids, for many people, are an ideal extension to their other smart technology. Modern hearing aids are extremely useful pieces of technology that allow you to enjoy live streaming.
Promote The Long-Term Advantages
Lastly, it’s worth taking time to point out the long-term benefits of hearing aids, which have been shown to help people keep (or recover) their cognitive faculties. Essentially, your brain health depends on you being capable of hearing clearly.
You will keep more of your hearing undamaged in the long run if you manage your hearing loss as soon as you can. Hearing aids are calibrated to fill in specific sound wavelengths which your ears have a hard time discerning. Simply turning your television volume up isn’t a substitute for this valuable technology.
Getting treatment as soon as you begin experiencing hearing loss can help save your hearing, and knowing that will help convince people like Ted to seek help.