How to Convince a Loved One to Wear hearing Aids
Let’s face it, few seniors really want to wear hearing aids, glasses, use a cane, have joints replaced, or take medication every day. In a perfect world everyone would have Superman’s ears, eyes, knees, ticker, and constitution.
Unlike Superman, all of us live in imperfect bodies in an imperfect world. Still, many people who readily accept knee replacements and reading glasses chafe at the thought of hearing aids. “Hearing aids are for old people,” says many a senior.
Changes in hearing can occur gradually, making it harder for the one experiencing the loss to recognize there’s a problem. In fact, older people may experience symptoms of hearing loss for years before they’re actually willing to seek help.
But symptoms of hearing loss can have grave consequences on the health and happiness of our older generation. Hearing problems lead to balance problems and accidents. A quieter world becomes social isolation and then depression or worse.. Treating hearing loss is a quality-of-life issue.
It’s up to us to talk our seniors into getting their hearing tested. So how do we convince our loved ones that hearing aids will help them live longer and stay active?
- Offer to take them. Casually mention that you would like to schedule an appointment to have their hearing evaluated. If your loved one resists, don’t be pushy or overly insistent. Remind them that it’s natural for people to experience symptoms of hearing loss as they age and that most seniors are in the same boat. Be sensitive to the fact that your loved one’s vanity is at stake.
- Tell them they will enjoy life more. Assure them that they will enjoy television, music and the company of others more if they can hear everything and don’t have to ask people to repeat themselves. It may also improve their relationships with their neighbors, since the television won’t be blaring through the walls.
- Reassure them that no one has to know. If they do in fact need hearing aids, today’s hearing equipment is smaller and less noticeable than ever. Some hearing aids rest entirely in the ear canal and are totally undetectable by others. And anyway, what’s more obvious, a small gadget in or behind the ear, or having to ask people to repeat themselves constantly?
Now that your loved one has agreed to go for hearing aids, help her find the right hearing care professional.