Whether it is your partner, your parent or a friend, suspecting hearing loss can be challenging. You may be thinking of ways to talk to your loved one about this, but don’t know how to approach it. You may be wondering if their hearing is impaired.
How do I know if my loved one has hearing loss?
Look for symptoms of hearing loss:
Changes in behaviour in social situations
- Your loved one is having difficulty keeping up with conversation in social situations
- The TV and/or radio is much louder than normal.
- Your loved one has to ask for clarification
- Your loved one is complaining about ringing in her ears
- Your loved one seems disengaged in conversations
- Your loved one continues to miss phone calls
- Your loved one asks you to speak up
- Your loved one doesn’t hear certain tones (smoke detector, microwave, mobile phone ringing)
- Your loved one seems stressed while in group environments
- Your loved one is beginning to isolate herself
- Your loved one is embarrassed to meet new people
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What can I do about it?
If you’ve noticed your loved one suffering from some of the symptoms of hearing loss listed above, it’s time discuss the options of hearing aids with them.
Approaching your loved one with love and kindness on the topic of hearing is incredibly important. There is a major stigma attached to hearing loss, however recognising there is a problem is the first step to a solution.
You can tell them that hearing loss is very common.
Hearing loss affect 3.6 millions Australian,with 90% of those aged over 50 years old.
In addition, here are some suggestions we often give to our clients and their loved ones:
- Speak openly but sensitively about the issue
- Offer your support
- Suggest they take our online hearing quiz
- Recommend they arrange a free hearing test with Health & Hearing
- Accompany them to the hearing test so that you can understand the degree of the problem and be there to support them.
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