According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, hearing loss is an extremely common condition — so much so that it is only surpassed by arthritis and heart disease. It is also common knowledge that the loss can lead to decline in the cognitive and emotional quality of life, because when a person can’t hear what’s going on around them, they become less engaged and more isolated. Typically, the more it’s ignored, the worse the condition gets. However, the good news is that with today’s technology, much can be done to restore hearing. And today’s hearing aids are non-invasive and barely noticeable (if seen at all). But if that’s the case, why are so many people reluctant to admit that they could benefit from a device?
Well, there are a number of different reasons:
- Belief it won’t help
- Perceived cost and difficulty of use
If you know someone who is suffering from even the slightest hearing loss, you can help by talking to them about how hearing aids can help. That said, no matter how logical the matter may seem to you, the person in need may need to be convinced, so be gentle in your encouragement. To help you, we’ve compiled some tips for having “the talk.”
- Be prepared. In order to be truly persuasive, you have to be able to support your point. Do your research on available hearing aid options and their benefits.
- Be positive. Focus on the benefits and how they will enhance the person’s life. Do not use scare tactics (“You’ll never have fun with your grandchildren if you can’t hear what they say to you.”) or threats (“If you can’t hear us, why should we even bother talking to you?).
- Choose the right time to talk about it (or as right as it can be). For example if you’ve lost your temper at the person because they haven’t heard the thing you repeated four times, it is not a good time to have the discussion.
- Be there for them. Let the person talk openly about why they may be reluctant to get a hearing aid and really listen. No matter what the reason, to the person it is legitimate and you should treat it as so.
- Help. Remember, admitting to hearing loss and taking the next step can be scary, especially if the person has put it off for a long time. Offer to help find the right hearing loss specialist and if necessary, accompany them to the initial appointment.
The audiologists at our offices are experts in all types of hearing loss and solutions. At the first appointment, they will take the time to sit down with the person suffering the loss to thoroughly discuss their needs and answer any questions or concerns they have. Next, the physicians will use up-to-date diagnostic tools to determine the level of hearing loss, which they will then explain slowly in friendly, easy-to-understand terms.
If it is determined that a hearing aid is indeed necessary, the audiologists will fit the patient with one that best meets their needs and delivers the highest level of performance and comfort. Westwood provides primary hearing aids manufactured by Phonak and Resound, brands known for the highest performance and reliability, highest level of technology, best available environment adaptability, and top-rated sound quality and listening comfort.
And because wearing hearing aids can take getting used to, Westwood also provides a testing/trial period and help scheduling general maintenance appointments.You won’t find this quality and personalized care at any retail outlet.
Audiology services are available in all four conveniently-located offices. An evaluation can be scheduled by calling (203) 574-5997 or visiting EarNoseandThroatCT.com.