Encouraging a Loved One to Take a Hearing Test

Encouraging a Loved One to Take a Hearing Test

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Susan L Fenrich, BC-HIS*

Owner | President | State Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist | *Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences
Susan began her full time career with Welsch Hearing Aid Company in December, 1984 as the Office Manager. On March 5, 1985, she became a State Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist. In 1994, she passed her National Board for Certification Examination.
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Getting a loved one to agree to a hearing test can be a challenge. They may think everything is fine and a hearing test is a waste of time. Hearing loss is a real issue and hearing does decrease as a person grows older. There are some tips for helping a loved one agree to a hearing test.

Find a Good Place

It is important to find a professional and someone that will help them feel comfortable during the hearing test. It is important to find a place that is quiet and without a crowd. The conversation to have a hearing test should also be brought up in private. This is going to be a difficult conversation to have and should not be done in a public place.

Talk About Experiences

A person wants to make their loved one feel comfortable and they need to keep them open to the conversation and keep them from becoming defensive. A person should not use this as a time to vent frustrations. Instead, they should express concern and provide examples of the time when the hearing loss was an issue. I statements are more effective and a person hearing them is less likely to get defensive.

Listen to the Person

There is a good chance that the person has already noticed a change in their hearing. They may have noticed things are different but do not want to admit they are not as good as they once were. When having a conversation about hearing it is important to listen to the other person. They will have the chance to explain any differences that they may be experiencing and any fears that they may have. When talking about seeing a doctor for hearing issues be sure to ask open-ended questions. Allow the person to talk and give them a chance to explain how they are feeling. They should be allowed to express their fears. Allow them to talk without interrupting or questioning them.

Offer Support

Going for a hearing test can be a scary thing. A person may feel like they are alone and they are not able to do things for themselves. Hearing issues can be a real sign that a person is getting old. The loved one will appreciate that someone is caring about them but they may be hesitant to go for help or even a hearing test. A loved one should be with a person every step of the process. They should help their loved one schedule a hearing test and should go with them to this test. This will help put them at ease. It is also good for another person to listen to the test results and the information from the doctor. This will help make an informed decision when it comes to possible hearing aids or other forms of treatment.

 Be Patient

It is easy to get a little frustrated with a loved one that is denying a hearing problem. It is important to keep an even voice and do not get mad at them. They are going to have some mixed feelings. Anger will only make the situation worse and they will not want to get the test at all. They may think they are missing out on something. It is important to reassure them that everything will be okay.

Support Groups

If a person is having a hard time adjusting to changes in their life there are support groups. For some, it can be more than just a change in their hearing. There is much more that goes into it. They may want to join a group that will not only help them with any issues they are experiencing but help them deal with getting older.

Losing the sense of hearing can be a scary thing. This will never be an easy conversation to have with a loved one. When having the conversation, a person should do so in a comfortable setting. They should give specific examples of their concerns and allow the loved one to express their concerns as well. They should offer to be with them during the entire process and help support them through the testing and possible fitting of a hearing aid.