Hearing Loss: What do you do?
Tell me if this conversation sounds familiar?
Wife: “Honey, can you please turn down the TV? It’s too loud!”
Husband: “If I turn it down any lower, I won’t be able to hear it!”
Wife: “Well, maybe you should get your hearing checked!!!”
If this conversation sounds at all familiar, even in a different context, then we need
Hearing decline doesn’t just affect the person who has it. It also affects spouses,
family, co-workers and friends. From frustration with having to repeat things to
heartbreak at seeing someone isolate themselves, the negative effects of hearing
decline cast a wide net. Supporting a loved one to seek help is the right thing to do,
but it’s not always easy.
Left untreated, hearing decline can affect a person’s quality of life in many ways
including cognitive decline. Yet, without even realizing it, you may be making it
easier for someone to not seek help.
What can you do?
• Lovingly talk to your loved one about their hearing.
• Gently remind them each time you “translate” or repeat something for them.
• Offer to attend a FREE hearing consultation with them.
Unlike eyesight, when hearing goes, people are in less of a hurry to do something
about it. Be prepared for pushback.
• Today’s technology is small and discreet. They are less noticeable than if
you constantly ask people to repeat themselves or inappropriately respond.
• Studies have linked untreated hearing loss to stress, depression, social
isolation, cognitive decline, increased risk of falls and increased risk to
What do they have to gain?
Hearing aids process sound signals so it is easier for the brain to understand. They
reduce cognitive load, making it easier for the brain to perform other tasks.
Benefits of wearing hearing aids may include:
• Reduce mental fatigue.
• Improved ability to do several things at once.
• Improved memory, attention and focus.
Don’t be fooled by unbelievably low prices. You want the most current
technology. Get referrals from people you trust. Stop by and visit the clinic and
meet the staff prior to making an appointment. There is so much more than just
price when it comes to your health and quality of life.
You want a professional you can trust and work to attain the best fit. Hearing
aids can help enhance your quality of life dramatically, bringing you back in touch
with the people and activities you enjoy. Most people find it’s worth the
investment to stay connected by hearing at their best.
Author: Derrick Woods, HAS-0624
Best Version Media June 2019