How To Convince a Family Member to Wear a Hearing Aid
Convincing a family member to try wearing a hearing aid can be tough. The conversation is often fraught with emotion and tends to lead nowhere as both parties butt heads. Trying a softer approach may yield better results and our tips below can help you guide your loved one onto the right path for better hearing.
#1 Take time to listen first
Although the solution to poor hearing may seem straightforward to you, there are many reasons your loved one may be resistant to trying hearing aids. For some, they’re worried about the way the hearing aid looks and how they will be perceived (eg, getting old). Others may be influenced by the negative stories of their hearing aid wearing peers who are dissatisfied with their experience. Don’t make assumptions and take the time to really listen. Oftentimes it’s not just a case of being stubborn, but rather justifiable concerns that have simple solutions. You don’t have to have all the answers – that’s where an audiologist comes in! – but it is important that your loved one knows you’re on their side and want to work with them.
#2 Focus on the positives!
Using fear as a motivator can cause your loved one to experience unnecessary anxiety and confusion about their choices, leading to further inaction. Try to talk to your loved one about the benefits they can expect to gain from wearing hearing aids rather than the negatives of not doing so. For example, instead of saying “If you don’t wear hearing aids you’re going to miss out on everything that’s said at the party next week”, try saying, “If you wear hearing aids, you’ll be able to really enjoy the speeches made at the party next week”. By framing the use of hearing aids around the potential benefit and reward they can expect, your loved one will be more motivated to use them. The more specific you can be with names, places and events that are important to your loved one, the easier it will be for them to imagine a life where hearing aids provide those benefits.
#3 Be willing to provide support
Hearing loss can be an extremely isolating experience as it hampers communication and separates people from their loved ones. Yet, many individuals with hearing loss will go through their hearing journey alone, without attendance of loved ones at their appointments and with minimal support at home. Be willing to take that extra step and assure your loved one that you will be there with them throughout the journey. Attend their appointments and provide a different perspective on their experience, learn how to manage their hearing aids along with them and provide support at home when they struggle with handling their devices. Audiologists love when family members attend appointments so don’tfeel shy to come along and ask as many questions as needed to help you understand the situation.
Ready for the Next Step?
If you have been able to convince a family member to try hearing aids or have their hearing tested, then call up for an appointment with one of our qualified audiologists on 1300 761 667.