No one wants to see a loved one go through any form of hardship, whether that be heartache, distress or illness. If someone you care about has recently been diagnosed with hearing loss, it's vital that they receive the best support possible to help them through this tricky time.
Alongside support from the experts at AudioClinic, here are three easy ways that you can help your loved one manage their hearing loss.
1. Help them to understand their hearing loss
As with any medical condition, it's important that your loved one thoroughly understands what hearing loss entails, how the condition will affect them and that they aren't alone.
Hearing loss is a broad and fairly complex topic for any individual to completely understand. Instead of bombarding them with technical talk, simply relay the basics, such as possible causes and treatments so that they feel confident explaining their condition to friends, employers and anyone else who may need to know.
If you too are struggling to understand hearing loss, speak to one of our hearing specialists at AudioClinic for expert advice.
As with any medical condition, it's important that your loved one thoroughly understands what hearing loss entails.
2. Practise good communication skills
Someone living with hearing loss may no longer have the ability to catch every part of a conversation and may struggle to keep up, especially when in challenging listening environments. This can lead to social isolation and depression – a condition affecting one in five Australians aged between 16 – 86 in any given year, according to the Black Dog Institute1.
To ease the strain and pressure of their hearing loss, become an advocate for better communication. Find out exactly which methods work best for them, whether that be slower and louder spoken sentences or facing them when talking, and practise these at all times. This will allow them to focus more and show that you have made an effort to accommodate them and their needs.
3. Get them the best hearing aids
Hearing aids have been proven to decrease depressive symptoms and improve job performance related to hearing loss, alongside helping to improve speech recognition.
Here at AudioClinic, we are proud to stock a great range of hearing aids for people living with mild to profound hearing loss. All of our devices can be personalised so that your loved one can receive a customised hearing aid with their preferences and lifestyle needs in mind.
For more hearing help, reach out to the experts at AudioClinic on 1800 940 984 today or click here to book your very own hearing assessment at no cost*.
1Black Dog Institute, Facts & figures about mental health. Accessed December 2017