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Have you ever been in a frustrating situation with your parent or another loved one due to a hearing situation?  Many of us have experienced this.  Noticing that someone close to you has hearing loss can be a tough situation to deal with.  It may be causing him or her to miss important information or become isolated and miss out on the excitement of life.   You definitely want to help, but may not know how to go about doing so.  Talking with an older parent or family member about their hearing loss can sometimes be a challenge. Here are some tips to make the to make it go smoothly:

Become educated on hearing loss

Learning about hearing loss and why it might be affecting your family can help you communicate better on it. Most people do not realize how common hearing loss is.  About 1 of every 3 adults age 65 or older is living with hearing loss, as it is a normal part of aging. Prepping yourself is the first step in having a productive conversation with your mom or dad. Many people do not know about how many hearing loss solutions are available to help with hearing loss.

Pick the best time to talk about it
Finding the right time to talk is key.  Make sure that everyone is relaxed, so that you can have a quality discussion about what is going on.  Try to also show your parent that you are genuinely concerned that his or her declining ability to hear might lead to safety issues, like not hearing a fire alarm, or social isolation and depression if not addressed in some way.

Go over the benefits
When you're helping your parent or family member with hearing loss, focus on the options available to him or her, and keep it simple. Explaining the benefits of how new hearing technology can help the person remain independent and enjoy life may be all the motivation they need.

Find more support
As we age, addressing hearing loss can seem like a lot. Hearing loss is actually very common from aging, noise exposure and genetics.  There may be other friends in your parents' social groups that have similar experiences that may be able to lesson the anxiety for your parent. There are great resources available, such as Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).  These organizations and groups share tips and helpful suggestions for on how to adjust to hearing loss. When you know that you are not alone, it makes things much easier to adjust to.

Advocate
Be an advocate for your parent to show them how important their hearing loss is to you. Going with them to their hearing test appointment is an excellent idea. Taking care of a new health issue can take lot of courage, and your support can be huge for in helping them address their hearing loss.

 

Hearing Loss & Your Family-

How it affects those close to you and what you can do about it