When a loved one begins to experience hearing loss, it can take time before they are ready to talk about and address the issue. People with hearing loss often have common concerns that prevent them from seeking treatment. But with support from loved ones, they can begin to experience the benefits of hearing aids. Familiarize yourself with some common concerns about hearing aids they may bring up so you're prepared to have this important conversation and offer peace of mind.
Your family member may be concerned about operating their hearing aid and taking care of the device. To address these fears, talk with your loved one about modern advancements in hearing aid technology that make them easy to use and care for. This includes long-lasting and rechargeable batteries that simplify use for individuals with arthritis or other dexterity limitations. There are also water-resistant hearing aids that can be worn in the shower or pool. You can remind your loved one that a hearing professional will help them learn to use their hearing aids and offer to attend any appointments so you can learn together.
Hearing loss may seem like a sign of aging, but this isn't true. While people from ages 60 to 69 experience the greatest amount of hearing loss, almost 30 million adults could benefit from wearing hearing aids. Hearing loss is a common condition that affects people of all ages. Noise-induced hearing loss is quite common and can affect people of any age. Even when hearing loss is related to age, remind your loved one that hearing better and communicating more easily can help them feel younger!
Today's hearing aids are small and discreet, so much that others won't even notice them. Many styles rest inside the ear canal, where they cannot be seen by others. Loved ones won't notice a hearing aid, but they will notice how much more engaged in the conversation someone is and how they can hear better. Your loved one is likely to begin enjoying hobbies more, listening to music again, and saying yes to social events they have avoided.
If you think a family member could benefit from having their hearing assessed, reach out to them and offer your support. They might be waiting for someone to notice their hearing issues before taking the necessary steps, and your conversation could provide the support they need to seek help. When they're ready, help them schedule an appointment and begin the journey to better hearing.