Let’s talk a little bit about how you can help a loved one who you suspect has a hearing loss.

This can be a very uncomfortable conversation if not approached correctly.

Hearing loss is invisible.

The loved one suffering is embarrassed.

They don’t want to deal with it.

They want to ignore it.

But you as their loved one is also frustrated, and you want to do something about it, not only for them but for yourself.

Studies show that it often takes a person from the time that they suspect they have a hearing loss until the time they do something about it anywhere from 5 to 7 years.

What can you do for your loved one?

If you’re concerned that they do not hear well, from misunderstanding things that you’re asking them to turn up the television too loud for your liking, try to convince them to come along with you to have a hearing evaluation.

We see no objection to going and getting our eyes checked, so why do we feel this way about a hearing test?

You can make a fun day out with your loved one at your appointment with your audiologist.

Have your hearing tested and become educated by your audiologist.

Don’t be too forceful, though, because forcefulness causes less likelihood of being able to convince the person to get their hearing checked.

But with little suggestions, little cohesion, and making it a little bit fun can make all the difference in the world for the quality of both of your lives.

I hope I’ve given you a better understanding of some of the things you might be able to do if you suspect your loved one has a hearing loss.

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Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D

Dr. Michelle Couture-Souvenir, Au.D., is Florida’s leading doctor of audiology and has over 25 years of experience in this dynamic industry. Before setting up her own business in Florida & Central America, she served as a pediatric audiologist and rehabilitative services manager at the Miami Children’s Hospital. She has worked with patients of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds during her long and diverse career, and she is still heavily involved in international humanitarian projects, helping hearing-impaired children globally.