When someone starts losing their hearing, it can impact their life and the lives of those closest to them- family, friends and loved ones.
It can be difficult to watch an active, engaged family member or friend change into someone different- especially in social settings. You may begin to feel frustration at having to repeat yourself, adjust the TV volume or raise your voice. These feelings are common.
Hearing loss can be overwhelming for both you and your loved one. Your family member may not realize the extent of their hearing loss and its impact on others. In fact, if often takes years for most people to acknowledge their hearing loss and take action.
If a loved one you know is experiencing signs of hearing loss, know that you are not alone. Together, we can help, so your loved one can continue to live a rich, active and fulfilling life, unaffected by hearing loss.
Treating hearing loss is important
It is common for people to disregard their hearing loss for five to seven years. By putting off the inevitable, it becomes harder to rectify the problem.
When the hearing nerves and the areas of the brain responsible for hearing are deprived of sound, they atrophy (weaken) making improving hearing, through the use of a hearing aid much more difficult. So the longer you wait, the longer it will take to hear well again.
How you can help a loved one hear better
Do you suspect someone in your family is experiencing hearing loss? Here are a few ways you can offer your support:
- Let them know you care about their hearing and that they have your support.
- Suggest that they have their hearing checked by a hearing care professional- the sooner the better.
- Offer to make an appointment with a hearing care professional and go with them if they wish.
- Remind them that the success rate of hearing loss treatment is high- so they have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
- Above all, be patient, stay positive and supportive.