Understanding your loved ones hearing loss

by | Jun 29, 2018 | Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

One of your loved ones is clearly losing their hearing, but how do you approach such a sensitive matter without offending them?
It’s awkward, isn’t it? One of your loved ones is clearly losing their hearing, but how do you approach such a sensitive matter without offending them?!

The key is to avoid clichés and get straight to the things they care about. Here are a few ideas for different personality types:

The party animal

This person lives to party! They’re always out socialising, going to dinner parties, bars and they live for gossip and fun. Hearing loss, if untreated, will actively reduce this enjoyment. They’ll start to miss what people have said and communication barriers will rise. In fact, noisy backgrounds make it even harder for people to hear, so they may even find their beloved partying ways dwindle to a sad end if they don’t seek help.

The joker

This person has a one-liner for every occasion and making people laugh is what they live for. As we all know, in comedy, timing is crucial. Landing a joke at the right time is much more difficult when you can’t quite hear what others are saying around you.

The movie nerd

This person likes nothing more than an immersive night at the movies. They have the latest surround sound bar at home, subwoofers under the couch and spend Saturday nights hooked on the latest movie releases. The trouble is, no matter how good the sound is at the movies or how high-tech their home sound system is, hearing loss will really reduce the full movie experience.

Even if the person you love doesn’t fit the above personality types, chances are there is something about them that will be compromised if hearing loss is left untreated. As an audiologist and someone who has seen many personal journeys, my advice is:

  • Be sensitive as to when you bring it up
  • Gently let them know you have noticed a change – don’t joke about it
  • Ask questions, e.g. “do you think you are listening to the TV louder lately?”
  • Be supportive and interested when they take the steps to change

If you’d like any more advice, contact me (Jana at Allison Audiology) on (832) 703-1999 and let’s have a chat about how we can help them stay themselves.

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Jana Emola-Austin, Au.D.

Raised in Bryan, Texas, Jana completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University before attending the University of North Texas with an ambition to earn her master’s degree in speech pathology. However, a required audiology class soon set her on a new career path. She became enthralled with the subject and says audiology resonated with her because it involved everything she enjoys – helping people to improve their lives and relationships with others and using technology to make positive impacts. Following this revelation, Jana went on to graduate with her Doctor of Audiology degree. After many years of assisting patients in the clinic on a daily basis, Jana’s main responsibilities at Allison Audiology have shifted to a management role. She now works behind the scenes focusing on administrative, management, and marketing responsibilities.