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Tips for Talking to a Reluctant Loved One About Hearing Aids

Having conversations about hearing loss with a loved one can be tricky, especially when they are reluctant about hearing aids. Some common objections can include the price, their pride, and other personal misconceptions. Here are some things to consider when trying to persuade a loved one to consider hearing aids.

Know How to Recognize Hearing Loss

Being patient and understanding with loved ones once the onset of hearing loss signs begin is important to navigate a respectful conversation. Learn how to recognize the causes of hearing loss and be prepared to gently point out specific examples in their daily life. Some of the most common signs of age-related hearing loss include:

  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Muffled hearing
  • Asking people to repeat themselves

Do the Research

Most misconceptions about hearing aids can be debunked by thoroughly researching what is included in the process of buying them. Common arguments against hearing aids include them being too expensive, too large and chunky, and denial that hearing loss is an issue at all.

Before diving into this conversation, consider the different brands that offer a variety of size, complexity, and price. Modern hearing aids have come a long way—they are much more discreet and include exciting features like Bluetooth connectivity, fitness tracking, and data logging that can customize each person's hearing aid experience. Asking an audiologist for information about hearing aid models and their innovative features can help make the difference in persuading someone to give them a try.

Stay Supportive

Hearing loss often affects more than just the person with the impairment. Show them the measures that have been taken to accommodate their hearing loss, such as keeping the TV volume as high as they want or talking loudly with them in conversation. They probably hadn't realized these adjustments were being made. Be encouraging and offer constant support throughout their experience. Offer to join them on their next audiologist appointment and remind them of all the benefits that come with caring for their hearing health.

Absolute Hearing Solutions serves patients throughout the Columbus, OH area and offers comprehensive hearing tests in a comfortable environment. We carry industry-leading hearing aid brands to help patients find the right model for their needs. If you or someone you know believes that their loved one is experiencing hearing loss, contact our team today.

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