Hearing Heart To Heart
The family and friends of those experiencing hearing loss will often notice the issue long before the patient is willing to admit it. For some individuals, they may not respond to being told: “you have a hearing problem.”
Reasons why a person may avoid having their hearing tested:
- It happened so slowly they don’t even notice the problem
- It’s a sign of aging
- It’s a sign of impairment
How do you have an honest conversation?
It’s important to express that what may be a minor inconvenience now, can grow into a problem. However it can be remedied.
Find a casual setting, family dinner, over a game of cards, after watching their favorite show. Share your experiences with interacting with them, and how their hearing issues affect your regular interactions. Use real-life examples and possibilities – phone calls, restaurant interactions, how loud they keep their TV or radio.
Schedule an appointment together
A hearing screening should be a part of everyone’s wellness evaluations. Just as regularly seeing your primary care doctor for annual physicals, the dentist for cleanings, and an optometrist for your vision, you should see a hearing specialist by the age of 50, if for no reason other than a baseline assessment. If your loved one doesn’t see the issue, make appointments together, for both of your wellbeing.
To schedule an appointment at one of our two locations in Greenbrae, California contact us online or call us today at 415-461-9703!