Giving The Gift Of Hearing This Year
The Christmas season has ended but the spirit of giving and compassion can stay with us all year long when we find opportunities to invite it in.
One opportunity many people don’t consider is how providing the gift of hearing can set someone free from a life of isolation. Because, for many people with hearing loss, they miss out on all the simple sounds and conversations we take for granted. And without the help and encouragement of their loved ones, those with hearing loss may not regain their hearing, as the need is tough to perceive on their own.
Here at Hearing Healthcare Centers, we want everyone to have the best hearing possible. If you have been worried about a loved one’s hearing but haven’t been sure how to help, our hearing specialists have some recommendations for how you can give them the gift of hearing this year.
Talking About Hearing Loss With Your Loved One
Opening the conversation concerning hearing loss will be your first hurdle in giving the gift of hearing to your loved one. Many people struggle to accept that they can’t hear as well as they used to, and may resist the suggestion that their hearing issues lie with themselves, rather than being someone else’s problem.
One of the best ways to open the subject is one-on-one with your loved one. That way, they may feel less embarrassed and defensive, allowing you to pursue the conversation. A few talking points you may want to cover are:
- How you see their hearing loss affect them.
- What impact their hearing loss has had on you and other loved ones.
- That hearing loss is incredibly common, especially as we age.
During this conversation, the cost of correcting hearing loss with hearing aids will likely come up. It’s at this time you may want to tell them that the gift you want to give them is improved hearing.
Ways You Can Gift Hearing This Year
There are multiple ways you can provide the gift of hearing for your loved one this year. Some ways to do this are:
- Offer moral support at a hearing test - Your support can make all the difference to your loved one, so be sure to offer to accompany them to their hearing evaluation. Also, it is helpful to have a loved one with the person being tested, as they can help remember vital information, ask questions, and help facilitate the conversation.
- Help pay for hearing aids - While some insurance companies cover hearing aids, many do not or will not cover it fully. You and other family members can offer to pitch in and cover your loved one’s needed hearing aids.
- Buy a year’s supply of hearing aid batteries - Depending on the size of the hearing aid battery, it can last from 3-20 days. That means your average hearing aid will go through a lot of batteries. You can make life easier on your loved one as they use their hearing aids.
- Pick out applicable hearing accessories - There is a variety of hearing aid accessories which can improve their use, from streamers which stream media directly to hearing aids to a hearing aid dehumidifier, which helps protect them from moisture damage. You can work with one of our hearing specialists to determine what accessory would work for your loved one’s hearing aids.
To set up your loved one’s hearing test appointment with one of our hearing specialists, contact us today. We look forward to helping them reconnect with the world around them.