There are a few signs that make it obvious that someone you know could be experiencing hearing loss. They may be turning up the volume on the television much louder than necessary, or they could be asking you to repeat yourself often or else don’t always hear you when you say something. Although most people with hearing loss can experience the same quality of life they had before by getting hearing aids, many people don’t want to admit they may have hearing loss or may not want to wear hearing aids.
Here are a few ways you can encourage someone you know to get hearing aids.
1. Remind them that yearly hearing checks are for everyone.
For someone that isn’t even ready to admit they have hearing loss, you may have to play like you don’t notice anything and encourage them to get their hearing tested like everybody else should. Make getting a yearly hearing test the same as going to the dentist or doctor for regular check-ups. It’s just another thing the everybody does for their health, not just something for people with hearing loss.
2. Explain the risks to not getting hearing aids.
There are many more risks involved in allowing hearing loss to go untreated rather than just not being able to hear. Various studies have linked untreated hearing loss with a higher risk of developing dementia, depression, and even heart disease. If your friend or loved one doesn’t feel ready to get hearing aids, telling them the risks of waiting to help them see why they need to move quickly.
3. Explain the benefits of getting hearing aids.
In addition to there being risks in letting hearing loss go untreated, there are also a number of benefits that come with getting hearing aids. Not only will they be able to reduce their risks of developing more serious conditions because of their hearing loss, but they will also get their lives back by being able to communicate well with everyone again, and hear their favorite sounds as clearly as before.
4. Know the facts about hearing aids.
Sometimes the unknown is what will keep people from getting hearing aids even when they know they need them, so take some time to read up on hearing aids so you can explain their options. Today, hearing aids are available in a wide range of sizes and are smaller than ever. There are even invisible-in-ear options that are completely hidden inside your ear so that nobody even knows you’re wearing them!
5. Bring in others.
If your voice alone isn’t enough to encourage your friend or loved one to get hearing aids, consider having other family members or friends talk to them as well. If you have mutual friends that have hearing aids, this is a great opportunity to have them share their own personal experiences about how getting hearing aids helped them, which may be all your friend or loved one needs to finally make that appointment with an audiologist.
6. Let them know they’re not alone.
There are an estimated 48 million people in the United States alone that have some degree of hearing loss, which is around 20% of the population, or 1 in every 5 people. That’s a huge number of people that are all facing the same problem. In fact, many celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg and William Shatner suffer from hearing loss, but that certainly hasn’t stopped them from being in the spotlight.
Even knowing that others have hearing loss, your friend or loved one will likely feel better with your full support, so let them know that you want to help them in any way possible. Offer to go to the hearing test with them and go ahead and get one yourself while you’re there. When it comes time to get hearing aids, be ready to help them make the choice of which type of hearing aid they want to get.