Is your loved one showing signs of hearing change?
Difficulties hearing each other can have a huge impact on your personal relationships. Misinterpretation or mishearing is often blamed on your ability to listen when it can often be a change in your hearing range that is impacting on your ability to communicate.
Generally your hearing range decreases very subtly and slowly over time allowing you to become accustomed to any changes, for example having the TV volume increasingly louder. Therefore it is often the partner, relative or friend that notices a reduction in a loved one’s hearing ability.
Don't miss out on the things you enjoy doing together
Without realising it, a decrease in hearing ability may prevent your loved one from doing things that they previously enjoyed such as social activities including eating out. In these environments it can often be problematic to follow conversation and over time these difficulties might prevent them from going out at all.
If you’re concerned that this is happening to someone you know then it is often time to suggest a hearing check-up, but how can you go about it?
How to approach your loved one if you think they are having difficulty hearing
It can be difficult to approach a loved one to tell them that you think they are struggling with their hearing and additionally hard for them to accept they may need professional advice. Here are some tips to help you.
- Try to discuss the issue in person as if your loved one gets upset it is important that you are there. A reduced hearing range can make conversations on the telephone much more difficult.
- Suggest you both go for a hearing evaluation. By going together you are taking the emphasis off your loved one and making it a shared responsibility.
- Be respectful of your loved one’s decision. On average it takes seven to 10 years for people to address hearing changes but with your encouragement it will hopefully mean they will tackle the issue sooner rather than later.
- If they choose not to take action don’t give up. Remain patient but persistent. As the issue may worsen over time you need to ensure they have someone to rely on when they decide to get help.
How Key to Hearing can help you
At Key to Hearing we recommend that everyone has an annual hearing check. This will help to identify when changes occur in your hearing. If the time comes when a hearing solution may become beneficial you will be ready to take action.
If your loved one agrees to a hearing evaluation we will identify any potential causes for a reduced hearing range including conditions such as ear wax blockage or ear infections that would be referable to your GP.
We always welcome you to accompany your loved one at the hearing check-up. This will give them reassurance as well as being on hand to provide encouragement.
Just by looking into hearing check-ups and hearing solutions you are going about your part in ensuring that communication remains a two-way street. Find out more about noticing changes in our hearing.