5 Ways to Help a Loved One with Hearing Loss

Approximately 50 million adults ages 20 and older have hearing loss in the U.S., and that’s expected to nearly double by 2060 (source). This unfortunate ailment can often make life very challenging at times. However, with the right support from family and friends, you can improve the quality of life and overall wellness of those afflicted by hearing loss. So if you have a loved one who you believe has hearing loss, check out the following 5 tips below on how you can help them.

1.) Do Some Research

It is always a good idea to get as much information on hearing loss before you go and talk to your loved one about it. If you’re looking for some facts, statistics and other information related to hearing loss, click here. All this newly found information will make excellent talking points for the possibly uncomfortable conversation you may have with your loved one.

2.) Try Adjusting the Way You Communicate

There are several things you can do to improve your communication efforts with your loved one which may also improve your relationship and reduce your/their frustration. They include:

  • Speak face-to-face, preferably in a well-lit room
  • Reduce background noise whenever possible
  • Try not to speak too fast
  • Avoid covering your mouth when you’re talking
  • Don’t repeat what you said; instead, rephrase it

3.) Try to Be Sensitive

When people begin to lose their hearing, emotional issues usually emerge as well. Feelings of anger and frustration are very common. Some people with hearing loss even become depressed. That is why it’s important to be empathetic during this challenging time.

4.) Find a Support Group in Your Community, or Online.

Unfortunately, your loved one may experience feelings of social isolation or depression related to hearing loss. Hearing loss support groups can be a helpful outlet. If you find that your loved one is shutting themselves off from the world more and more, a hearing loss support group may help them realize that they are not alone.

5.) Suggest a Hearing Assessment

Scheduling an appointment with a hearing care professional is the first step toward better hearing and a better quality of life. When recommending this, if you are met with resistance or anxiety, you can suggest that you’ll get your hearing checked too. This can help ease the situation and bring them comfort in a possibly distressing time.

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