The Impact of Hearing Loss on Family Members and Friends
Hearing loss not only affects the person who experiences it, but also those with whom they interact with on a regular basis. It’s important for you to advocate for yourself and include loved ones in your journey to better hearing. Awareness of how you struggle with hearing is essential to a healthy relationship.
How to Explain Hearing Loss to Children
When communicating with children, it is crucial that you are honest about your hearing health and how you hear things. For young children, you may say that your ears don’t work as well as they used to. Older children may be more curious and ask questions.
It’s a great way for kids to learn about hearing loss and why it’s important for them to protect their hearing health. Getting them in a good routine to protect their hearing at a young age is a great way to reduce the risks of hearing loss.
Teaching Children about Hearing Aids and Other Treatments
Hearing aids can be described as being similar to eyeglasses. It is a device that helps you hear better and more clearly. It’s important to emphasize that hearing aids are NOT exactly like eyeglasses. You will not be able to hear completely clearly, as you did before you started experiencing hearing loss but there is a significant improvement than before you wore hearing aids. You may want to have a show-and-tell, and explain the basics of how the device helps you hear.
It is also important to let them know that your hearing aids are only to be worn by you. Everyone’s ears are different sizes and shapes. Wearing hearing aids that were not customized for the shape of your ears or programmed for your specific hearing needs can lead to hearing or ear damage.
Ask Children to be Patient with You
Let your children and grandchildren know that it’s easier to hear them if they get your attention before speaking. Tell them it’s like when they’re having too much fun playing with their friends and someone tries to call them because they are busy. If you are unable to see them first, you may not realize that they are closeby and won’t be able to hear them.
Teach them how to effectively communicate with you by using lip reading. You can turn that into a game. Have them cover their ears and say, or mouth, a word or phrase. Let them guess what you said.
Use this game to explain why seeing their lips while they speak helps you understand what is being said. When they get older, they can repeat anything that you may have missed.
Practice Methods of Hearing Loss Prevention
Keep the TV and music at a low volume, even if your kids and grandkids ask you to raise the volume. Explain how important it is to protect the hearing that they still have.
Get Help for Your Hearing Loss
Stop missing out on family gatherings. Be honest with your family about your hearing loss and the challenges that you face. This will help them understand better, be more accommodating to you, and learn how to be patient. You’ll become closer to one another. Treatment for hearing loss is available. Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation for a hearing aid trial.
Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require repairs, re-fittings, and new hearing aid fittings. If you have any problems with your hearing aids or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before visiting one of our offices.