How can I persuade a loved one to get their hearing tested?
We receive a call every now and then from partners who can’t bear the volume the TV is at any longer or from sons and daughters who are finding it increasingly difficult to be understood by parents on phone calls.
If you suspect a loved one has hearing loss, it’s not always as easy as booking them an appointment and bringing them in. Before encouraging someone with hearing loss to get the help they need, you must first get them to acknowledge they have a hearing issue.
Here are some tips to be a great advocate to a loved one with a hearing loss with a little help from our friends over at Starkey.
- Do your research. Find out what the differences are between a RITE, an ICT and a CIC. Find out what they are first! There’s a hearing aid out there to suit most people. Research providers, find one that you think will work for them BUT keep that information to yourself for when they are ready. Let them come to terms with their hearing loss and be there with your lowdown on RITE’s ICT’s, CIC’s and all the others when they are ready to accept it.
- Don’t talk at them about hearing loss, talk with them. If they bring up the subject then listen, be a welcome ear and take time to encourage them to talk about the obstacles they are facing. Whether it be the loss they are experiencing or the fear of doing something about it
- When you notice them blaming the wind, the noisy table next to you in the restaurant or the mumbling teenager as the reason they can’t hear, politely suggest that they should have their hearing checked, just in case. They may get defensive and refuse, that’s fine. It will happen again and maybe you can make another gentle suggestion. Don’t be pushy, play it cool and choose the times to mention a hearing test carefully. It’s best to bring up their possible loss every now and again than to be constantly pushing.
- If someone you or they know has a hearing loss or wear hearing aids, consider a catch up with them. Hearing about someone else’s experience, what they went through, how they sought help and the way the now feel can be really helpful. We notice this with our lovely clients referring friends and family to us. Our google reviews or Facebook recommendations might be helpful too.
- Let them know when they are ready that Almond Hearing provide no obligation hearing tests for hearing aid candidates where they can discuss their options with Frazer or Peter and leave with their test results and the knowledge provided from our audiologists to process in their own time. It’s a no pressure approach here.
You can read Starkey’s article here and maybe suggest their online hearing test as a starting point https://www.starkey.com/hearing-loss/help-a-loved-one/how-can-i-convince-a-loved-one-to-get-their-hearing-tested