As many as 1 in 3 Americans experience hearing loss by the time they reach age 65. Adult children need to help their parents come to terms with their condition, especially since it takes people about seven years before they’ll admit to hearing loss.
Give them as many facts as possible, such as how many Americans cope with hearing loss (37.5 million, per the National Institutes of Health) or the major causes (old age, Meniere’s or autoimmune disease, and exposure to loud noises). The more information you have, the better equipped you’ll be to show your parent the reality of hearing loss.
You may want to set the mood at their home or somewhere they’re familiar and comfortable with. Make sure there’s ample lighting so they can see you, and cozy seating in case the conversation runs long. You might also bring along a sibling or other relative to help you set the tone and talk about your parent’s hearing loss in a way that promotes the right outcome.
Watch your wording. It’s essential to frame the hearing loss not as a problem, but rather a normal part of life. It’s something they can easily adjust to without impacting the rest of their routine. This is where it helps to have someone else help steer the conversation toward what’s most important: getting help to address the hearing loss.
By working with an audiologist who can address the underlying cause and suggest treatment options like hearing aids, your parent can receive care that will make a difference. You can also suggest some ways in which you’ll help, and this can make a huge difference in how willing a parent is to deal with hearing loss head-on.
Accuquest Hearing Centers
3077 W Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60435