How to Convince a Family Member to Wear a Hearing Aid?
Persuading a family member to give hearing aids a try can be a tricky task, especially if they are not convinced by the benefits that a hearing aid can bring to their life. Perhaps they have held some misconceptions that are leaving them unenthusiastic about the idea of wearing them, or have other personal or financial reasons that are making them less than enamored with the concept. Here, we look at a few ways that you can convince a family member to wear hearing aids.
Family members of those with hearing loss also feel an impact on their lives. Difficulty in communicating and concern for their loved one's safety are only two of the reasons why someone would ask their relative to get hearing aids. However, the process of getting them on board with the concept can be a long and tricky one, and one that needs to be handled sensitively and carefully.
The subject should be handled gently, and you should never put pressure on your family member. rather than see them as something that can be beneficial, they are more likely to see them as something they have been forced into getting and this can negatively affect their experience. It should be something positive rather than a task to be done under duress.
They are too expensive
This is a common misconception held about hearing aids. They can be expensive, of course; they are incredibly sophisticated pieces of technology, but the benefits outweigh this issue. If your relative is on a lower income or experiencing financial difficulties, there are plans and initiatives in place to help those who have a hearing impairment get the support that they need.
They look too big and clunky
In the past, hearing aids were big and noticeable, and understandably, people did not like the look of them. However, these days, they are much more discreet. Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids are much smaller and inconspicuous than they used to be and are often available in a range of colors to blend in with the hair or skin.
There are also options available for hearing aids that fit inside the ear, which, while sometimes offering more limited features are a good option for those who are worried about other people noticing their hearing aids. An audiologist will be able to talk them through the options available.
They have managed fine without them
Even if someone can manage without them, their lives can be improved so much more with a hearing aid. Sit with them and research the impact that hearing loss can have on someone – social isolation, anxiety and depression and a difficulty in communicating with their family and friends. There is also evidence to suggest that those who experience hearing loss and who do not take measures to treat it can be at risk of earlier onset dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Hearing aids can alleviate fatigue, relieve anxiety and make it easier to cope with everyday tasks. Conversations, music or even everyday environments will become more comfortable and studies show that most people are happier after being fitted with hearing aids.
They have misconceptions
Some people think that wearing hearing aids would get in the way of their lifestyle or take a huge amount of maintenance. This is not the case. Hearing aids come in several different types and levels of technology. There are also water-resistant hearing aids! Depending on the technology and the size of the unit, the battery will last five to 14 days, and some are rechargeable.
Today's devices automatically adjust their own settings, depending on the environment of the person. Some people sometimes report forgetting that they are wearing their hearing aids because they are so smoothly integrated into their lives.
Get in touch today
If you or your loved one want more information or reassurance about how hearing aids can have a massively positive impact on life, get in touch with our audiologist team at Lowe Audiology, who can talk you both through all of the options available. They can look at the pros and cons of the different types of hearing aid on the market and advise your family member on the best course of action. Call us today at 260-222-7925.