How to Help a Loved One
Hearing loss usually happens slowly. Each day, a hearing-impaired person hears a little less. At first, it may be difficult for loved ones to know if there is truly a problem. Yet, there are some early signs of hearing loss.
- Misunderstanding conversations, especially in noisy locations
- Listening to the television or radio at a loud volume that disturbs others
- Favoring one ear instead of the other
- Complaining that others are mumbling or speaking too softly
- Asking others to repeat themselves too often
- Misunderstanding phone conversations
- Unable to hear ordinary sounds such as a vehicle’s turn signal or a phone ringing
- Complaining about a buzzing or ringing sound in the ears
Since hearing is so important, why do so many people delay in seeking help?
Hearing is a critical sense, yet people may delay seeking help for hearing loss because of a variety of reasons.
What can loved ones do?
For family members and friends of people who are experiencing hearing loss, the best strategy is to gently help them discover solutions to the problem. A basic hearing test can quickly show whether there is a problem or not.
In any case, the first step toward resolving any hearing issue is to visit the San Rafael Hearing Center for a hearing test. If you or someone you love isn’t hearing as well as you wish, please call us today.
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