It can certainly be difficult to talk with someone about their hearing loss. Many people are in denial about hearing loss because it has such a gradual onset that people don’t really notice how much change has occurred over time.
One way to discuss hearing loss is to suggest going together to have baseline testing. Hearing testing is easy, painless and inexpensive (often covered by insurance). At AVA Hearing we are here to provide information – not sell everyone a hearing aid. Sometimes it is easier to talk with a professional about hearing loss than it is to talk with a loved one. This non-sales centered appointment provides facts and non-medical treatment options if necessary.
Pointing out hearing loss can be a slippery slope. Find someone who has normal hearing aid have them set the television to a volume that is comfortable for them to listen. This will provide a volume number. Try to set the television at this volume for several programs and have your loved one gauge their own ease of listening. If they are struggling it may be a great time to mention that you have noticed other instances where they seem to be struggling with conversation.
Another method is to complete a Self-reported hearing loss questionnaire. It is sometimes interesting to both fill it out and compare results. You may notice the hearing loss much more than your significant other because you can see when they have miss communicated.
APHAB (Abbreviated Profile for Hearing Aid Benefit): Use the link below to download and complete the Questionnaire. Use this if you currently have hearing aids.
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