Hearing loss: Here’s how you can help a loved one rediscover their health and confidence this festive season
Deciding to talk about someone’s hearing health can feel awkward, but if you follow this expert guidance, then in turn you can offer support.
Could there be a better gift at Christmas?
Stuart Lyness from House of Hearing, is an expert audiologist and shares some helpful advice in discussing hearing loss.
A starting point, to help someone seek help for their hearing difficulties, is to use positive and supportive language.
Says Stuart : “At House of Hearing, we always recommend having meaningful conversations about our hearing health.
“The festive period brings many of us in contact with family and close friends who we might not have had a chance to speak to in a while.
“This is when we commonly notice a change in their hearing.
Bringing up a loved one’s hearing loss can be a sensitive subject, says Stuart , who suggests these ways you can approach the subject.
Try to find a quiet and comfortable setting: Have a one-on-one talk with your loved one. Let them know that you are there to support them.
You might say something like, ‘I’ve noticed that you've been having some trouble hearing lately, and I want to know how you're feeling’.”
Emphasise your feelings: Stuart says: “Use ‘I’ statements to emphasise your feelings, such as ‘I’m worried about how this is impacting our communication’ or ‘I’m worried that you aren’t getting the same social connection’.
Listen to their concerns: Respond actively to their feelings, fears, and concerns and gently suggest that they schedule a hearing test.
Introduce the idea of seeking professional help: Explain that they can get a free hearing health assessment from House of Hearing - one of the UK’s oldest hearing care clinics - without the long wait.
Hearing aids have come a long way! These can now offer a discreet and effective solution to improve someone’s quality of life. Many modern hearing aids come with cutting-edge technology which seamlessly connects to your TV or smart device to stream high-quality music and video.
The joy of the new life to come: Taking action may improve communication and cognitive health. Time with families and friends will be more fulfilling.
House of Hearing is there to offer support
Stuart says: “Remember, these conversations are about caring and understanding, and our team is ready to assist you every step of the way.
“Together, let's make this festive season a time of reconnection, support, and improved hearing for all.”
To find out more, or to book an appointment, go to the House of Hearing website