How to start the conversation about hearing loss with your loved ones

Have you noticed changes in your loved one’s hearing ability? The signs may have been subtle at first, but perhaps they are more noticeable now. A request for repetition, an increased volume on the TV, or perhaps they have started to withdraw from social settings or conversations in noisy environments. Each one of these signs indicates that they could be losing a connection to what they love.

Addressing hearing loss with a loved one can be a delicate matter, but initiating a conversation is crucial for their overall well-being. Read on to explore some practical tips on how to bring up the topic of hearing loss with your loved ones.

Tips for starting the conversation

Choose the right setting
Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can talk without interruptions. A relaxed setting will help your loved one feel more at ease and open to discussing the topic.

Approach with empathy
Begin the conversation by expressing your observations and concerns with empathy. You could use "I" statements to avoid sounding accusatory, such as "I've noticed that you seem to be having difficulty hearing lately," rather than "You have a hearing problem." This approach encourages open dialogue without placing blame.

Share specific examples
Providing concrete examples of situations where you've noticed changes in their hearing can make the issue more tangible. For instance, mention instances where they may have misheard something or struggled to follow a conversation. Specific examples can help your loved one recognize the impact of hearing loss on their daily life.

Recommend that they seek help
Try to make it clear that addressing hearing loss is a proactive step toward improved overall health and well-being. Highlight the potential consequences of untreated hearing loss, such as social isolation, cognitive decline, and reduced quality of life. Encourage your loved one to consult a hearing care specialist for a hearing assessment.

Be a supportive listener
As your loved one begins to share their thoughts and feelings about hearing loss, be a supportive and attentive listener. Avoid interrupting or downplaying their concerns. Instead, acknowledge their emotions and reassure them that seeking help is a positive and empowering decision.

Now that you have started the conversation, the next step could be to seek treatment. It’s important to act sooner rather than later, as living with a hearing loss can lead to various challenges, as mentioned above. Read on for a quick guide on what to do next.


What should I do now that we’ve agreed to seek hearing loss treatment?

Research hearing care specialists
You could take the initiative to research and recommend a quality hearing care center to your loved one. Visit our online Hearing Center Locator to find a hearing care specialist near you.

Offer to attend appointments
The idea of addressing hearing loss can be daunting, and your loved one may appreciate your support. Offer to accompany them to their initial appointments with a hearing care specialist. By attending, you will also be able to provide valuable insights about your loved ones behavior and ability to the hearing care specialist.

Explore hearing aid options together
If the hearing assessment indicates the need for hearing aids, explore the available options together. Modern hearing aids, like Philips HearLink, come in various styles and with different technology levels. Being involved in the decision-making process could help your loved one choose the right device for them.

Encourage patience during the adjustment period
Adjusting to hearing aids or other interventions may take time. Encourage patience and understanding during this period of adaptation. Aim to be supportive and help as needed, whether it's with troubleshooting the devices or providing emotional support.

Remember that it’s best to act and find treatment sooner rather than later, but it’s also just as important to be supportive throughout the process. Starting a conversation with your loved one about their hearing loss requires empathy, understanding and patience. By approaching the topic with care and offering practical assistance, you can play a crucial role in helping them connect to what they love again.

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