Hear Well Be Well - What You Can Do

What You Can Do

If you are the spouse, child or friend of someone with untreated hearing loss, you may think you're helping them by repeating yourself, making extra effort to speak louder or more clearly, or by interpreting what others say. What you may not realize is that you're unknowingly assisting in their failure to seek help. Many people with hearing loss don't realize how much they're actually missing because you have become their ears. However, it takes only a short time for them to realize that, without your help, they're in trouble. Here are some simple steps you can take to help your friend or loved one get the help they need.

Things you shouldn't do:

  • Repeat yourself
  • Raise your voice
  • "Translate" conversation
  • Act as their messenger on the phone

Things you should do:

  • Let them know waiting won't make the hearing loss go away or get better
  • Communicate how their loss is affecting your relationship
  • Help them take action. Encourage them to get their hearing tested, and accompany them to their appointment

 

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