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Encouraging a Loved One to Take a Hearing Test

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When we love someone, we want what is best for them throughout their lives no matter what, and this often includes health checkups and treatments for illness. If you have a loved one who has a hearing impairment or another health condition you may have wondered what you can do to convince them to go to the doctors and get a hearing examination. 

We all have that one stubborn family member who refuses to visit the doctor and get help for their medical problems and will continue on with their lives even with something that could easily be fixed. 

Today we want to help you understand how to convince a loved one that it's important to see a hearing professional when they need help, and to get a hearing aid to improve their quality of life. 

Tell them that an annual checkup is key 

Most of us should be getting an annual hearing and eye checkup to ensure that our sight and hearing are both in working order. This is a simple 10-minute appointment and will not take up too much time or be stressful. If you have a family member who is refusing to get help just remind them that it is common for people to get a hearing checkup every year and that you and they should both go and do it. 

Explain the risks 

Like with many other illnesses it is important for you to act quickly before it gets worse and causes more problems. If your loved one has a fairly mild form of hearing loss then it is time for them to act now before their hearing gets so bad that they can’t hear you talking to them. Your loved one needs to understand the risk they are taking if they do not go and get it checked out, and you can explain to them the things they might miss out on in life if they can no longer hear. 

Get ready for disagreements 

When you have a loved one who is stubborn enough not to go to the doctors it is only right that they will argue with you when you try to make them go. Be ready for their objections to your suggestions and make sure you have comebacks to prove to them why they are wrong for not going to get help. 

Calm their nerves 

It might be that your loved one is a little nervous to go to a hearing doctor in case they have to wear a hearing aid, and this is understandable. However, what you can do here to ease their mind is let them know that they are not alone and you will go with them if they need you to. 

It is also a good idea to let them know that a lot of people have hearing loss and it is not something to be ashamed of or scared of. Hearing aids are common in all ages and it won’t make them any less of themselves by wearing one if it helps them to get the most out of their lives every day. 

Volunteer to go with them

Sometimes the only way to convince someone to go and get their hearing tested is to go with them and get it yourself at the same time. When you want to get a loved one to get help for a hearing issue you can tag along and have your own test so that they feel less pressure and can see what the process is like. It will also be beneficial for you so you can ensure your own hearing is in top condition. 

Get the whole family involved 

When trying to convince a loved one to get help for a problem like this it is important that the whole family gets involved and makes the point heard. If you are the only person who says anything to your loved one it is likely that they won’t think of it as a big enough deal to bother fixing. 

Make sure everyone in the family gets involved in this and shares their concerns so that your loved one truly understands the impact it is having on their life. By having the whole family involved your loved one will see that it is a big issue and that they need to take some serious action should they be healthy and happy. 

To learn more about Hear for You Hearing & Balance Center you can call 401-475-6116 and speak to a professional to get advice about hearing loss and the ways to treat it.