Q. My Dad has some new hearing aids that help him a lot. However, he might go 3 or 4 days without using them. He says he forgets to put them on. How can I encourage him to wear them more?
A. Kudos to your Dad for getting hearing aids and I am glad they help him hear better. He must have realized he was not hearing as well as he needed to and took the steps to address it.
Some people need more time than others to add hearing aids into their daily routine. Here are some suggestions to try with your Dad.
First, be kind when you ask your Dad about using his hearing aids and how they help him. Talk with him about making them a part of his routine by placing them near his morning medications, the coffee pot, TV remote, his phone, computer, or toothbrush. Affirm with him how much better he hears when he has them on, like him not asking you to repeat yourself as much. Suggest that he put reminder notes in his home – on the TV, on the hearing aid container or recharger, on the refrigerator, at the light switch on the wall, on the bathroom mirror, on the microwave or by the kitchen sink.
More than likely, some warm-hearted support and consistent reminders will encourage your Dad to use his hearing aids regularly. Before long, using them will be part of his daily routine.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin. We have a ‘one patient in the office at a time’ protocol. Get your ears checked and your hearing tested. Listen to hearing aids tuned for your needs. We provide a 4-week hearing aid trial with follow up appointments for our patients to fully test hearing aids before they make a final purchase.