Hearing aids offer numerous benefits for your physical, mental and emotional health. However, there are millions of people in the US with untreated hearing loss who are hesitant to use hearing aids.
If you have a loved one who is reluctant to get help for their hearing, here are some things you can do to help change their mind.
Why People Don’t Use Hearing Aids
Before you try to convince your loved one to get hearing aids, it’s important to know some of the common reasons why people are hesitant.
A 2013 study examined data collected from participants who have hearing aids but don’t wear them. Among the reasons mentioned were:
- Did not feel their device provided enough benefit
- Was uncomfortable to wear
- Worries about appearance
- Concern over what other people might think
Keep Things Calm
No one likes to feel like they are being scolded or told what to do. Pick a time to talk where both of you are able to be relaxed. Keep the tone conversational and nonconfrontational. Ask them why they are hesitant to get help and really listen. If your loved one feels heard and respected, they’ll likely be more receptive to what you have to say.
Discuss the Benefits
Many people are unaware of the full extent of hearing aid benefits. Do some research and present the facts to your loved ones. Among other things, let them know that using hearing aids can:
- Improve mental health and decrease feelings of anxiety and depression
- Lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia
- Lower risk of balance issues and injury caused by falls
- Improve confidence at work and in social situations
- Strengthen relationships and connections with others
Don’t Be Afraid to Get Personal
Hearing loss can put a strain on even the best relationships. It can make communication more difficult and can lead both the person with hearing loss as well as their family and friends to feel frustrated, isolated and resentful.
Let them know your concerns. Tell your loved one that you want to be able to enjoy relaxing talks with them over lattes at Big City Coffee & Café. It’s possible they have no idea how much their hearing loss is affecting you.
Turn Your Words into Action
Even if you’ve convinced your loved one that they should get their hearing checked, the whole process can still feel overwhelming. Help them cut into that workload by offering to:
- Do research on audiologists in their area
- Help them schedule an appointment
- Accompany them to their hearing test
If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment for yourself or a loved one, call Southwest Idaho ENT today.