Hearing Resolution for 2022 – Part 3 of 3

Q.  My parents have accused each other of not hearing well for the past 3 to 4 years.  Over Christmas my Mom said one of her 2022 resolutions was to get them both to hear better.  What steps should she take?

A.  Let’s address your question in three parts: 1) Personal Behaviors, 2) Hearing Evaluation, and 3) Family Support.

Family Support:  Once you have adjusted some personal behaviors, enjoyed a thorough hearing evaluation, it will be time for strong family support – with or without hearing aids:

  With Hearing Aids: A common phrase is, “Are you wearing your hearing aids?”.  Your family needs to understand hearing aids do not provide 100% perfect hearing.  Noises, distractions and obstructions will impede how well you hear.

  Remind your family about the personal behavior rules mentioned on Jan 9th: The EYE rule, the ATTENTION rule, or the SAME ROOM rule.

  Your family will be happier if they do not yell whenever you do not understand something.  Instead, you will understand them better if they slow down a little, look at you and repeat what they said.  Overall, be patient and kind to each other.  Rudeness and impatience do not help anyone hear better.

  Without Hearing Aids:  When you do not take steps to hear better, it can be tough for your family to provide you with kind and patient support.  Still, if they talk a little slower and follow the personal behavior rules, it will help.

  Ready to hear better?  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test.  Listen to the newest Oticon More hearing aids and find out what better hearing sounds like.  We also provide 4-week, no-obligation trials.

  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.  Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf.