Denial is a typical first response. My loved one must be just making it seem as if their hearing loss is worse than it actually is. She’s too young to need a hearing aid.
Maybe, it’s become a joke between both of you. Your loved one constantly asks you to speak up. It’s just a game. You laugh about it. But it’s beginning to become less and less humorous. You’re beginning to think that maybe your partner, brother, or parent is either ignoring you or really having difficulty hearing.
You want your loved one to have a balanced, energetic, and joyful life for many years so it’s likely time to be supportive and help them find the appropriate help.
Here are 4 common signals that someone you know needs a hearing aid.
1. She appears to be fatigued, especially in public
You might think it’s simply an indication of aging. Your loved one really doesn’t have as much energy as they used to. You try to relate when she says that won’t be going out tonight.
Then she starts skipping meetings with a hobby group, organization, or club that she’s always enjoyed, even when they meet virtually, and you start to realize something may be wrong. Loud noise seems to sap your loved one’s energy. If there is lots of background noise, or if more than one conversation is taking place simultaneously, this is especially true.
Extra energy is required to hear and comprehend what people are saying when somebody is struggling with hearing issues. They often have to draw this energy from other brain functions such as memory, talking, and moving.
This use of additional energy is actually fatiguing the brain not strengthening it. Your loved one will frequently seem to shut down with fatigue in social settings.
If you aren’t going through the same thing, don’t assume you can relate to what she’s dealing with. Her feelings may be due to a number of factors. But ask questions. Get to the root cause and recommend that she get a hearing test.
2. She always turns the TV up too loud
This is often one of the first signs that you might perceive in another person. Whenever they listen to music or watch TV, they crank it up very loud.
Your living room sounds like a cinema. You suddenly get the urge to make some popcorn, except you realize that she’s just watching a reality show or documentary at a volume that almost makes you cringe. You can even hear it from outside.
When you say that the TV is too loud, she might chuckle and lower the volume. But actually, she turned closed captions on.
She might not want to admit that she actually can’t hear the TV. If this is occurring a lot, it may be time for you to suggest a hearing test.
3. She often needs people to repeat themselves
It might not be a problem if you are in a very loud setting or she’s really focused on something. But you should be mindful if this is happening often.
Furthermore, if she’s struggling to hear phone calls you should take note.
Is she constantly frustrated because she thinks people are speaking too quietly or mumbling? Is she asking people to repeat themselves? If so, it’s time to have that loving discussion about how much better life is with hearing aids.
4. Your relationship is feeling tense
Couples argue twice as much when one of them is dealing with hearing loss, according to research. They may argue about what one of them did or didn’t say, the volume of the TV, or other misunderstandings.
When someone isn’t able to hear, there will be a lot more stress in a household. Their hearing loss is frustrating. And their refusal to seek out help is stressful to others. This frequently results in people choosing to spend more time alone due to more hurt feelings.
This can cause permanent harm to the relationship and the couple often doesn’t even realize that hearing loss is the cause. It’s important to get the proper help because even moderate hearing loss can strain relationships.
The simple act of getting a hearing test can give you a completely new perspective on your relationship, whether you’re dealing with a spouse, sister, or dear friend. Talk to your loved one about getting a hearing test.
If someone has hearing loss, hearing aids can improve their lives and most will state they would never go back. In fact, they regret they didn’t get them sooner. Their overall quality of life will be greatly enhanced.
It can be a challenging conversation to have. But when your loved one finally gets the help they require it will all have been worth it.
Call us today and let us help you with some ideas about how to address your loved one’s hearing loss!