Help a loved one

How’s your hearing?

Take our short quiz to find out. Click on the box beside each question you answer YES to.

Does your loved one sometimes accuse you of mumbling or not speaking clearly?

Is your loved one more likely to sit quietly at a holiday dinner or party?

Does your loved one ask you about what is being discussed in conversations?

Does your loved one regularly ask people to speak up or repeat themselves?

When your loved one is watching TV, do you find it loud?

Is your loved one no longer enjoying get-togethers due to difficulty following conversations?

Do you ever avoid telephone conversations with your loved one because they have difficulty hearing on the phone?

Does your loved one ask you to face them when you are conversing?

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What can you 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 are saying. 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.

How you can help:

  • 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

Suggestions for what not to do:

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

You’re not alone

You don’t have to tackle this all by yourself. The staff at Hear Well Be Well is highly trained in how to conversations about hearing impairment, even with those who don’t want to hear it. If you find you’re struggling to find the best way to talk to your loved one about their hearing loss, contact us. We’re more than happy to help!

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