Hearing loss affects more than just your ability to hear; it plays a large role in your physical and mental health. While you may understand the importance of seeking treatment, it can be hard to convince someone else to.
Below is an outline of how you can help a loved one with hearing loss.
Talk to Them
Be honest and let your loved one know how you feel. Make sure to explain the dangers of untreated hearing loss as well as its effect on others.
Choosing not to seek hearing loss treatment increases your risk of:
- Cognitive decline
- Social isolation
- Cardiovascular disease
In a scientific review of a number of surveys, the researchers found that the use of hearing aids to treat hearing loss could improve the overall quality of life for most users.
Untreated hearing loss can affect the whole family, leading to increases in:
Most people with hearing loss wait an average of seven years before seeking treatment. This means there is a good chance your loved one has been living with untreated hearing loss for years.
This is when they need you as their cheerleader. Instead of continuing to reprimand them for not receiving help sooner, take the opposite approach and let your loved one know how proud you are. By understanding how hard this process is, you can help push your loved one to seek the help they need.
Schedule an Appointment for Them
Even if your loved one knows they should see an audiologist, calling to make the appointment may be too much to handle. This is why, with their permission, you should take the lead and make their first appointment for them.
You should also try to attend the appointment with them. Seeing an audiologist and being diagnosed with hearing loss can be overwhelming. Having you there can be both a calming presence and gives you the opportunity to ask the hard questions. To learn more about supporting your loved one through the hearing treatment process or to schedule an appointment with an audiologist, contact Victory Hearing & Balance Center today.