Q. My family and I have been staying at home for the past three weeks and my husband’s hearing loss is more and more evident. He vacillates between irritation and isolation because of his trouble hearing us well. Plus he needs the TV and radio to be much louder than the rest of us, which annoys us a great deal. What options do we have without him being able to go out and get hearing aids?
A. These types of stay-home / quarantine hearing loss related struggles have become more and more prevalent. There some basic ways to help reduce all of your frustration.
You should all maintain good eye contact when speaking, with your husband, and amongst yourselves are well. Yelling from room to room has gained popularity with more people staying home. So do your best to ‘visit’ each other eye-to-eye when talking.
In a kind way, get your husband’s attention before asking him a question or making a statement that requires him to respond. Use phrases like, “Oh, Honey …” or “What do you make of this …” to help your husband ‘tune in’ better to the rest of your comment or question. Again, good eye contact during any conversation helps a great deal.
With TV and radio, tune the bass down and the treble up to make voices and dialogue more distinct and clear.
Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin for an appointment. We will resume in-office appointments once the Austin-area has lifted the shelter-in-place request. Once we re-open, get your hearing tested and listen to the newest hearing aids. We provide coaching and adjustments during a 4-week hearing aid trial so patients can fully test out hearing aids before making a 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.