Over the years, I have both learned and witnessed how hearing loss can affect both individuals and their families. Every family is different, and the impact hearing loss may have on them is always different. Hearing loss can be the source of miscommunications, misunderstandings, and inconveniences, causing frustration between family members. Because every family is different, there is no one way to help a loved one who is suffering from a hearing loss. However, I have discovered a few things that may be helpful when navigating how to help them.

Do your Research

It is essential to understand the problem before addressing it. Just as you might with other things you’re unsure of, Google it! Just make sure that the information you’re reading is from a reputable source (you can check this by researching the author or reading the “about page” of the website you are on). By familiarizing yourself with hearing loss, you can help your loved one feel like you understand them, making them feel less alone in their struggle.

Researching treatments may also be helpful! This can allow you to facilitate a more in-depth conversation with your loved one about their situation and how you can help them make it better.

Directly Address the Problem

Ignoring an issue rarely ever solves it. Often, those who have a hearing loss would much rather ignore it than treat it or even talk about the problem. It is so important that when you do speak to them about their hearing loss, you do so with love, kindness, and care. Make sure they know that you are there for them and will do whatever you can to help. Letting them know that you’ve done your research and understand what they’re going through can be incredibly comforting and maybe the most helpful thing you can do.

Suggest a Hearing Test

The first step on the road to solving a problem is identifying it. Getting a hearing test is an absolute necessity when it comes to creating a proper treatment plan for hearing loss. Offer to go with them! Being there for moral support can make them feel more secure in their decision to seek treatment.

Talking about hearing loss with a loved one can be difficult. Still, it is essential to remember that open communication is vital to helping them get the treatment they need to live a happier and healthier life. I hope that you find these tips helpful when trying to navigate a loved one’s journey to great hearing health. If you ever have any questions about hearing loss or treatment, call and make an appointment with us at Preferred Hearing Centers! We have three offices and would love to help you in any way we can.

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Mark D. Johnson, HAS, BC-HIS, A.C.A.

Mark began his career in the hearing healthcare field in 1993 with a major hearing aid/care provider. He opened his own practice in 1994 in Orlando, Fl.  In 1995, he became board-certified, and through continued training received his A.C.A. credentialing as a certified audioprosthologist in 1997. He has conducted many hearing educational workshops, both for professionals and for the general public, and trained many individuals in the hearing healthcare field.