How To Deal With A Family Member With Hearing Loss?

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We all want what’s best for our loved ones. If there’s something that’s not quite right, then our natural inclination is to try and do something about it. However, while sometimes the solution to the issue is obvious, at other times, it’s difficult to understand what exactly the correct course of action to take is. 

This is typically the case when presented with a new issue that we haven’t experienced before. Let’s say, for example, that we have a family member that’s dealing with hearing loss. If we’ve never been in that position before, then we won’t know what we’re supposed to do. In this blog, we will offer a few handy tips that’ll help make things as straightforward as possible.

Suggest Professional Assistance

You can be supportive, but you won’t truly be able to help your family member that is experiencing hearing loss. Only an audiologist can do that. Because hearing loss can be gradual, it won’t necessarily be clear to your family member that they actually have it. Suggesting that they see a professional is a good way to get them to seek help. You could even do some research on the different types of treatment options that are available. This will also help to prevent them from feeling like they’re going through the process alone.

Go with Them to Appointments

Another way you can help to reduce the feeling that they’re going through things alone: go with them to their appointments! We know that there’s nothing to worry about when you go for a hearing examination, but some people can be nervous – and in some cases, can be so nervous that they avoid making an appointment, which means they won’t be on their way to better hearing. Knowing that there’ll be a friendly face with them can be all the encouragement they need to make things happen. 

Balanced Conversations 

You won’t just help your family member when they’re going to their appointments. You can also help them on a day-to-day basis by thinking about how you’re talking with them. For example, it’s important to remember that it can be difficult to keep up with conversations when hearing. The mind has to work overtime, which can be pretty draining. So, when you’re having a conversation, try to keep things balanced – don’t talk too much. Give them space to talk! 

Talk Normally 

Another mistake that people make when talking with those who have hearing difficulties is talking in an overly unnatural way. For instance, some people try to speak as slowly as possible or end up shouting at the person. While this motivation is usually positive, it comes off as a little condescending to the person being talked to. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to make things easier for your family member. But it’s not about how you talk, but small things, like where you’re looking. It’ll be much easier for your family member to understand you if you’re facing them directly. 

Be Understanding

There are treatment options available to people that are experiencing hearing loss. But if they haven’t reached the point where they have a hearing aid, then it’ll be normal for them to become frustrated from time to time. Normally, people become a little annoyed when they can’t hear as well as they would like to. In those moments, it’s best to take a step back and remember that they’re just a little frustrated – it’s nothing personal! If you take this approach, you’ll be able to navigate the stressful moments until your family member can visit the audiologist.

Carry on Learning

The more you know about hearing loss and how it impacts a person, the better you’ll be able to help your family member. So, make a point of continuing to learn about hearing loss. You can do this by watching videos, reading blogs, and asking questions to other people in the same situation. At some point, you’ll become something of an expert on the topic – and that’ll only help your loved one. 

And there we have it! Helping a family member with hearing loss isn’t difficult if you’re aware of the right things to do. If you’d like to get help for a family member with hearing loss, or you think you may have hearing loss yourself, then be sure to get in touch with us here at Sound Advice by calling (856) 454-8861.