Hearing loss is a touchy subject. No one wants to be told they need to seek help. But when your loved one’s hearing loss begins to affect those around them, something needs to be done.
Five tips to help you talk to your loved one about their hearing loss
Select the Right Time and Place
How you choose to bring up the topic of untreated hearing loss with someone you love is important. While it may seem easier to bring it up casually in the moment, this can downplay the seriousness of the conversation.
Instead, try to plan out the time and place of where to have the conversation. You can invite them over for lunch or go out for coffee, making sure to let them know there is something you want to talk to them about.
While you are selecting the place, somewhere quiet is best. Since they have not sought treatment for their hearing loss, background noises can make it hard for them to hear the important conversation.
Be Loving, Not Angry
When you are talking to them, make sure you are coming from a place of love. Let them know how their hearing loss is affecting others and why you want them to seek treatment.
If you let yourself get frustrated, it can be easy for them to brush off your concerns and get defensive.
Even though you are having this conversation because their hearing loss has started to affect you, make sure to keep the conversation on them.
Acknowledge their fears and concerns, as these are the reasons why they chose not to seek treatment for so long.
Assume They Already Know
Chances are, their hearing loss is not news to your loved one. While they may not have wanted to admit they are having a hard time following conversation, they may have noticed that they are having less to say in large family gatherings.
While their own inability to hear may not have been enough of a reason to seek treatment, how it affects others may be the catalyst they need to give Albany ENT & Allergy Services a call.
Offer Your Support
While having this conversation may be the hardest part, you are not done yet. Offer to accompany your loved one to their first audiology visit, as it is normal to be scared. When there, ask questions and take notes. You are there to be emotional support.
Having a conversation with someone you love about their hearing loss is never easy. But it needs to happen. Contact the experts at Albany ENT & Allergy Services today to learn more tips for talking about hearing loss.