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Convince Someone to get a Hearing Test or Hearing Aid?

By April 15, 2009

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I have written before about people denying their hearing losses. How do you convince someone who is denying their hearing loss, to go ahead and get a hearing test or a hearing aid?

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A Hearing Test Won't Bite
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Do you say there is nothing wrong with getting a hearing test? I am actually dealing with this now in my personal life. A friend is experiencing hearing loss and is putting off getting a hearing test. This is causing tensions in the friend's marriage. I don't want to damage the friendship and at the same time, I can see that the person is increasingly having difficulty hearing me. And this is someone who is a parent of a deaf child!

April 15, 2009 at 9:37 pm
(1) Dianrez says:

Thinking about what incentives one might offer this person, the first that came to mind is remarking that “medical treatment could prevent further hearing loss.” Some types of loss are preventable or treatable.

Another is having a person with a new hearing aid come to talk about the difference it made in his/her life…hearing things one had forgotten about, increasing one’s pleasure in sounds, hearing useful things. Getting to know some people who don’t think hearing aids are embarrasing could work.

April 22, 2009 at 10:50 am
(2) Elisa says:

I just wanted to respond to this. I know what your friend is going through, but however, this might help. I too, have a hearing problem. It was starting to put a strain a little bit on my marriage, because my husband would sometime say, I was ignoring him, and I wasn’t. I decided to do something about it, because even with my daughters and friends, I was forever asking people to repeat what they just said. I should have gotten a hearing aid a long time ago. (I was born with this, but only in my left ear.) I now have a hearing aid that I just got in January of this year, and I couldn’t be more happy!! I hear things way better now.

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