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Encouraging a Loved One to Take a Hearing Test

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It’s not always easy for people to recognize when their hearing is declining and they’re not hearing things as clearly as they used to. That happens because hearing loss is a very gradual process. It’s not as if you wake up one morning and your hearing is significantly worse than the evening before.

That’s why it’s often true that the friends and family members of someone with hearing loss will spot the signs of the problem before the individual notices themselves! If you think that a loved one is experiencing the signs of hearing loss, here’s how you can encourage them to get their hearing tested.

Do your research

First of all, you should try to do as much research as you can into how hearing tests work if you don’t already know this information. When you’re trying to persuade someone to take a hearing aid test when they’re currently resistant to the idea, you need to be armed with the facts. It helps to be able to explain to them what the testing process involves.

Hearing tests aren’t particularly complex in terms of what the patient has to do. But knowing what goes on behind the scenes and how much work the audiologist puts in might give your loved one more confidence in the whole process and that can only be a good thing.

Understand the benefits

Next, you should think about how you can help them to understand the benefits of having their hearing tested. Talk to them about how they can understand their hearing health and how steps can then be taken to improve it. But none of that can happen and no improvements can be made until the current situation is understood.

There are so many benefits, and it’s not just about improving their hearing today. They’ll also be at a lower risk of so many other potential problems, including dementia and other brain-related issues that we now know are connected to hearing loss that doesn’t get effectively treated.

Choose the right time and place to have this conversation

Choosing the right time to have these kinds of conversations with your loved one is very important. You don’t want to make it seem like you’re attacking them because you’re never going to persuade them that they should have a hearing test carried out if they’re immediately made to feel like they need to get defensive.

You should also make sure that it’s in a location where they’re likely to be able to hear you. If you’re discussing these things in a busy restaurant, for example, they’re going to be less likely to be able to hear what you’re saying due to their hearing loss.

Use specific examples

It can sometimes help them to understand what you’re talking about and why you think they need to have a hearing test carried out if you can provide them with specific examples. Try to keep a note of times when it seems to you like their hearing is failing them. You can then mention these and they might get a better understanding of what you’re saying.

It’s much easier to understand the point a person is trying to get across when you can point to specific examples. They’ll understand better what’s going wrong for them with their hearing and how it’s impacting everyone around them as well.

Listen to address their concerns

When you have this conversation with your loved one, you should make sure that it really is a conversation. And that means letting them talk and listening to what they say. There will no doubt be a variety of reasons why they’re hesitant to get the hearing test carried out and you need to let them express those thoughts and feelings.

When you know what their concerns are, you can make sure that they feel better about those things by reassuring them in whatever way you can. But don’t be too dismissive when talking to them about their concerns and worries.

If your relative has been hesitant to take a hearing test and you want to bring them to an audiologist who’ll understand their needs and make them feel at ease throughout the process, don’t hesitate to book a hearing test with Your Hearing Connection. We’ll make sure the process is as smooth as it can be for, so contact us today. You can book a test by calling us at 626-538-9920.