Tips on having “The Talk” with your loved ones about hearing loss.
1. Educate yourself on the process of a hearing aid evaluation and hearing aids before you have the conversation. Call me or stop by to get familiar with the process. By learning yourself about hearing aids and the process to check hearing, the better equipped you will be to have the conversation. I can offer brochures to take with you.
2. Be sympathetic and understanding. They may be set in their ways, (aren’t we all?). Come from a place of caring about their quality of life, not out of frustration or “I told you so”
3. Review the options and research from Alternative Hearing. Gone are the days of bulky, large, obvious hearing aids. Of course this will be the first thought in their mind. The technology and focus on convenience has changed the hearing aid use dramatically. With various colors, (Red means Go Huskers!), options and even the ability to use a smartphone app, many can use a style that people around them will not even notice! By bringing literature on the NEW styles, this will hopefully show options they can be excited about! Keep it simple as to not overwhelm your loved one.
4. After learning the hearing evaluation process from Alternative Hearing, you can offer the “next step” with confidence and convenience. The process does not hurt, it takes only minutes and I am here to find the best solution for each individual’s needs.
5. Join your parent for the evaluation and discuss the results with them and myself. We can go over the evaluation and I can go over the options to fit their style, budget, lifestyle, etc.
Kimberly Oberg, BC-HIS specializes in bringing understanding to all adult patients. As a hearing aid wearer for 30 years, she understands the day to day challenges facing the hearing challenged.