Talking to a loved one about hearing loss can be a very touchy topic. Often times, the person with the hearing loss is:
- In denial
- Convinced other people are mumbling, or
- They just don’t realize they have a hearing problem.
If left untreated, hearing loss can lead to a number of different negative scenarios:
- Frustration with with family and loved ones
- Social isolation
- Negative workplace outcomes
- Dangerous if you miss important sounds or alarms
In most cases, hearing loss comes on gradually over several years. When you try to talk to someone about seeking assistance, they likely aren’t going to do something about it right away.
It’s best to start the conversation by bringing up situations where they seem to have the most difficulty (on the phone, out at a restaurant, or watching TV are a few examples). Helping them recognize these situations may help them realize they have a hearing loss.
It’s also important to emphasize the fact that they aren’t alone – there is help for them. 95% of people will hearing loss see improvements with hearing aids.
Check out the video below if you have 2 minutes to spare – she goes over everything in more detail.