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Advice On Supporting A Loved One With A Hearing Loss

by | Feb 17, 2022 | Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

Knowing when to treat hearing loss is something that is hotly debated. At Upstate Hearing Aid Center, we frequently address that as soon as you notice a difference in your hearing, then it’s time for a test to see what’s happening.

However, everyone will progress at their own speed. Delaying treatment is quite common since the notion of seeking help raises a lot of questions.

People are concerned that treatment may be too expensive or that they will find out that their hearing is much worse than they thought. This can be even more challenging when it’s happening to someone you love.

When you are close to someone, you may notice changes in them that even they don’t see. Hearing loss is very common for this. Often, the spouse is more put out by their partner’s hearing loss than the person experiencing it.

Getting them the help they need is necessary but a very delicate subject. We are here to help you and your loved ones through this so you can get back to living the life you love together.

1.  Educate Yourself

Doing a little research will show your loved one that you care enough to put the effort in. During your studies, you will find out how prevalent this issue is in the US.

Facts like this can be used to dispel any notion or misconceptions about who hearing loss affects and why other people in their situation struggle too.

2.  Don’t Be Confrontational

It may seem okay to joke about hearing loss, as this has been commonplace for decades. But deep down, these kinds of comments are keeping your loved one from getting help.

Over time, they slowly chip away at your loved one’s confidence to improve. Eventually, their hearing will decline to the point of no return and can even cause cognitive issues.

Keep the conversation light but with purpose; this is a serious matter that needs immediate attention.

2.  Discuss How Much It Means To You

If you find yourself getting frustrated with your loved one, then let them know. This is the kind of thing that will sway them if they think they’re only hurting themselves by avoiding treatment.

Knowing that their decision affects the life of someone they love could tip the scales in your favor.

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4.  Share Hearing Success Stories

A familiar face can go a long way. Getting information straight from someone your loved one trusts will be a huge determining factor. We all have that one person in our life that we listen to.

Even better if this person has gone through hearing loss themselves – so they can be a testament to the life-changing decision they made to address their hearing loss.

5.  Make It A Date

Getting a hearing test is the first step to improving their hearing. This is a big step, though.

Maybe your loved one would be more comfortable if you were there for support. You can also get a test yourself. It’s never too early or too late to take care of your hearing.

While you’re out, why not make a day of it and grab a bite to eat afterwards? This could really help them relax and see this as a process in life to be embraced rather than neglected or feared.

6.  Take Advantage Of Resources

Local health fairs can sometimes include complimentary hearing screenings. Visit a health fair with your loved one and encourage a hearing test there as part of an all-inclusive approach to their health.

If you know your loved one’s primary physician or another trusted healthcare provider, recruit them to help encourage a hearing assessment. Their credibility goes a long way.

If you would like to discuss approaching your loved one in more detail, please give us a call anytime.

You can also schedule your hearing assessment here if you and your loved one are ready to start your better hearing adventure.

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Virginia Wright, AuD.

Virginia (Ginny) Wright has practiced as an audiologist for almost 40 years, primarily in the Upstate, but also in settings as varied as Philadelphia, PA and Key West, FL. An active participant in community and professional associations, she is a Past President of the South Carolina Academy of Audiology as well as a former member of the South Carolina Board of Licensing in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Dr. Wright received her B.S. in Speech Pathology from Mississippi University for Women, her M.A. in Audiology from The University of Tennessee, and her clinical doctorate (AuD) in Audiology from Arizona School of Health Sciences. Her commitment to her patients is evident in her enthusiasm to help them on their journey to better hearing. Dr. Wright loves movies, documentaries, dining out, reading, and spending time with friends. She lives in Greer with her two cats, Lana and Helen.

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