Hearing Advice For Loved Ones


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Hearing loss doesn’t just affect the person who is going through it, but it affects their family and friends, too.

Hearing loss can have an emotional impact on others when they see their loved ones suffering from it. Here are a few signs that your loved one may be experiencing hearing loss and suggestions on how you might approach them about the potential problem:

1. Isolation

A person who is experiencing hearing loss may avoid conversations, because it is easier to avoid them than to try to keep up with them. When it becomes too difficult to keep up with a conversation that person might just opt to isolate himself avoiding any conversation at all with others.

2. Bluffing Through a Conversation

People who are experiencing diminished hearing loss may know a person is asking a question, but they may not fully understand the context of the question.  They’ll try to get by with a nod or a simple “yes” hoping they’ve answered the question correctly.

3. Playing the TV or Radio Too Loud

As hearing loss progresses into more severe stages, there is a definite decrease in volume and clarity. This will cause people to turn up the volume on electronics.

Source: MedHelp

There are a few things you can do to encourage someone who might be experiencing hearing loss be more open to getting help:

  • Offer to go for a hearing evaluation with them. This might make them more comfortable about going.
  • Kindly point out that they might have a problem when you have to repeat something you’ve said to them or correct them when they answer a question incorrectly.
  • Encourage them to take the Self-Hearing Test.
  • Encourage them to check out the types of hearing aids: they might be surprised at the options and how far technology has come.

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