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How to Convince a Family Member to Wear a Hearing Aid?

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If someone in your family has recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, you may be surprised that he or she is not pursuing hearing aids as a treatment option. A lot of people do this, and there are a number of reasons why. For some people, they are in denial about their hearing loss. They don’t think they need help and so they don’t bother wearing their new device. There are then some people who simply keep forgetting to put their hearing aid in because they are not used to it. We are going to provide you with some tips and advice that you can use if you are trying to convince a family member to wear their hearing device. 

Did you know that 80% of adults that are aged between 55-74-years-old would benefit from wearing a hearing device? We’ve discussed some of the reasons why people do not wear a hearing device. There are then some individuals who do not purchase a hearing aids. Irrespective of what applies in your specific situation, there are a number of different things that you can do to try and get your loved one to wear their hearing device.

Make sure you tell your loved one facts about hearing loss

We would always recommend starting off by presenting your loved one with some of the facts regarding wearing their hearing device. This is a good way to take the emotion out of the conversation. Rather than talking about what you want or don’t want, stick with the hard facts and the research. This is a good way to present the person with information that they cannot refute. 

After all, there has been a lot of scientific research on the impact and benefits of hearing devices. This does not only relate to the advantages from a medical perspective but also with regard to other knock-on benefits, such as having a stronger marriage, a lower risk of dementia and cognitive decline. 

Reassure them that their hearing device will be discreet and open their eyes to the sort of devices that are available

In addition to this, you can tell your loved one more about how hearing devices of today have advanced and how they are not the same as they used to be. A lot of people think that all hearing devices are big, bulky and noticeable, but this is not the case today. In fact, most of the hearing devices that are on the market today have been designed so that they are discreet. 

Manufacturers recognize that a lot of people are self-conscious about wearing a hearing aid, and so they have created their devices with this in mind. You can also inform the person about all of the features you can get with hearing devices today. This includes everything from fitness tracking to Bluetooth connection. The hearing aids on the market these days do way more than a lot of people realize. Needless to say, think about the sort of features that are going to appeal to the person in question when trying to get them to wear a hearing aid.

Offer to go to the audiologist appointment with your friend or family member so that they do not feel alone

Another way to get your loved one to wear their hearing device is to offer to go to their audiologist appointment with them. A lot of people are nervous about taking the first step when it comes to their hearing. They feel anxious about sitting in an office and having their hearing tested. They worry about talking about something so personal, and of course, they fear what the audiologist is going to tell them. By offering to go to the appointment with your loved one, you can help them to feel more at ease and relaxed about it all. Plus, by being there, you can take notes or write down anything important that the person may have missed. 

If you need any further help and advice, or if you would like to book an appointment to get your hearing tested, we can help. You can call HEARINC today at 234-347-0155. You will be connected with one of our friendly and professional team members. They will be happy to answer any questions that you may have and get you booked in for that all-important appointment.