Q. My Dad’s hearing problems began a few years ago around the time he turned 70. He’s aware it is getting even worse. His TV is up to 80 or 90. And he rarely calls his friends anymore because of trouble hearing on the phone. With Covid happening, he is kind of a shut-in without talking to his buddies. How can I make him get hearing aids?
A. Hearing loss is one of the most common, untreated health issues in the U.S. The best way to help someone address their hearing health is with kind, supportive encouragement.
First, ask your Dad about the affect his hearing loss has on his personal, social, and family life. Let him talk it out. Maybe make a list of the impacts and his worries. Find out if your Dad wants to hear better. If so, help him.
The next step is to get a hearing test. It would be great if you could go with him for added support. Also, the hearing center could use your voice during some of the testing and while your Dad is listening to some hearing aids.
Keep in mind, the hearing aids come last in this process. What comes first is to listen to your Dad’s concerns and support him to find a good solution that will improve his life.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. You will also listen to the newest hearing aids at your appointment. We then provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments so our patients can fully try out hearing aids before making a final purchase.