How can I help a loved one
who has hearing loss?
Are there things I can do to support someone with hearing loss?
Hearing loss doesn't just affect the person who has it. It also affects spouses, family members and friends. Physically, the inability to hear warning sounds or the voices of dependents could potentially put lives in danger. Even emotionally, the impact can resonate throughout family and social circles — from frustration with repeating things over and over, to sadness at seeing a loved one isolate themselves from the people and activities they enjoy.
Five ways you can help
- Talk to your loved one about their hearing concerns.
- Gently remind them of their hearing loss every time you "translate" or repeat something for them.
- Encourage them to visit a hearing professional to do more research and get their questions answered.
- Offer to schedule and attend a hearing consultation with them.
- Remind them they have nothing to lose and potentially everything to gain by seeing a hearing professional.
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