Q. My best friend has had trouble hearing for over 10 years. It is slowly changing her personality and demeanor. How can I convince her to get some hearing aids?
A. It would be helpful to gently and kindly describe to your friend the changes you have witnessed in her demeanor and personality. When you mention your concern and hope for her to recapture her old self, she may be more willing to talk with you about the next step.
And the next step would be to set up an ear check-up and hearing test appointment. You can offer to join her so she is not overwhelmed or otherwise overly anxious. If you join her, the testing center could use your voice during portions of the appointment.
Hopefully the hearing center will allow your friend to listen to some hearing aids right after her hearing test. Take her to a quiet lunch or happy hour afterwards to discuss the results of the appointment and how the hearing aids sounded when she wore them in the office. Remind her that hearing better makes a person feel younger, more vibrant and alert, and allows them to participate more easily and naturally in conversations.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a thorough, well explained ear and hearing exam. You can listen to new hearing aids at your appointment. We provide 4-week hearing aid trials with follow-up appointments to fully try out hearing aids before you make a final purchase.
Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad. Since 2008, he has provided $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.