It is nearly always the significant other who is aware of hearing loss, rather than the individual themselves. Family are big players in getting the individual across the threshold of a hearing services provider and after all "the person has the hearing loss but the family has the hearing problem" . So what can you do if you have concerns about a relative's hearing?
Look for the signs and gently point out examples
Reassure the individual concerned that thay are not alone - hearing loss affects one in seven people. It can be caused by a range of things, for example overexposure to loud noise over a long period at work. It takes the average person seven years to act because of the stigma around hearing loss being a sign of old age â€“ this is simply not the case.
Tell the individual that modern hearing aids are not big, behind-the-ear bananas! They are so discreet they can barely be seen and should be considered simply as communication aids. You could provide additional support with our information pack "What you should know about hearing instruments" (click to download). Alternatively call us and we will post one out to you free of charge. (0141 954 6030)
Accompany them to their hearing test, for emotional support. The test is free of charge and we also offer a 'test drive' called Flex Trial - we have eight pairs of floating hearing aid systems. We select the appropriate hearing aids for a specific hearing loss and lifestyle, and programme them to the individual's needs. They can live with them for up to a month with no obligation.
Studies have shown that once people begin using hearing instruments, they enjoy great improvements in social, emotional, psychological, and physical wellbeing, including:
If you need any more advice or support, we are always happy to answer questions.
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