- Do you routinely have to repeat yourself when speaking to the hearing-impaired person?
- Are you asked to repeat what was said on TV?
- Are you starting to go to fewer movies because you are tired of hearing “what did he say?” throughout the movie?
- Do you have to “stick by” your hearing-impaired loved one at social events?
- Do you automatically raise your voice when speaking to this person?
- Are you limiting your activities and social gatherings because they are becoming too much work?
- Are you starting to automatically answer for your loved one to save embarrassing misunderstandings and help hide the hearing loss?
What should you do if you are a “hearing aid”?
First, have your loved one’s hearing tested. Have your hearing tested at the same time, if that will make the hearing evaluation more ‘palatable’ to the person. That’s the only way to know for sure if there is a loss, and to learn what type and degree of loss it is.
Second, let the hearing care practitioner know how you have been helping this person compensate for their loss. A proper evaluation of hearing is more than just measuring the loss. It’s also how the loss has impacted the lives of the hearing impaired person and those around them.
Third, if hearing aids are recommended – get the help your loved one needs. A wise investment in the right hearing aids will give the hearing-impaired person the independence they need, and allow you to regain your role as a dear companion – not a hearing aid.
Call us today to schedule a FREE hearing screening at 1-800-BELTONE.