Are you dealing with an elderly parent who is hard of hearing? Do you feel like they are missing out on important conversations and connections with family and friends because of it? Loss of hearing is a common symptom of aging; it can lead to social isolation, a feeling of helplessness, and the person may stop doing activities they once enjoyed because of it. Getting hearing aids is not always an easy topic to discuss with your elderly parent; they might not be ready to accept the fact they are now hard of hearing, for others it can be the expense, or they don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Whatever that reason may be, it’s important to discuss with your parent so they don’t miss out on precious life moments.
Read on for five ways to persuade your elderly parent to get hearing aids.
1. Do the research for them.
Most likely your aging parent unwilling to accept hearing aids won’t be motivated to do much research on the topic, so do it for them. Educate them about the related symptoms of hearing loss, inform them of their options, and come up with a plan to make the transition easy for them.
2. Let them know they are not the only one affected.
Loss of hearing is a personal loss, yes, but it also affects others around us and sometimes the aging adult may not realize this. Communicate to them how their hearing loss can take a toll on the family and their life, be empathetic and loving as you do. Let them know that it’s difficult to have a meaningful conversation with someone who can’t hear well and it can be frustrating for both sides, point out activities they no longer take part in because of the loss and that you only want the best for them.
3. Do a trial run.
Most manufacturers will allow a trial run to try out the hearing aids. This way the person with hearing loss can see if hearing aids truly will benefit them before they commit. Check with a hearing health care professional to start this process.
4. Show them the latest technology.
Hearing aids are a stigma for many aging adults. Show them the latest hearing aid technology. Manufacturers now make hearing aids much smaller than they use to that are barely noticeable.
5. Follow up.
If you succeed with your elderly parent getting hearing aids, then know it’s just as important to also follow up. The final step doesn’t end with getting hearing aids. Hearing aid care, follow up appointments, and the transition are all essential to continue on the path of better hearing.