Improve Family Communication by Treating Hearing Loss

Improve Family Communication by Treating Hearing Loss

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Duane L. Smelser

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate your dad, step-dad, or other father figures in your life, and thank them for the impact they’ve had throughout your life. And with Father’s Day less than 2 weeks away, we want to help you have the best Father’s Day ever. We know that family bonds are strengthened by communication, and some of the best memories you have of your dad are those days he took the time to really listen to you and share some words of wisdom. Lately, however, you’ve noticed that your dad is struggling to hear and communicate. You’re not ready to lose that just yet, and you want your children to create great memories of their grandfather. To improve family communication, it’s time to talk about hearing loss.


Seeing the Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is very common, and 1 in 3 seniors over the age of 65 are straining to hear. Men are more likely to have hearing loss than women, so your dad have an even greater chance of struggling to hear. Before you talk about hearing loss with your dad, watch for the signs of hearing loss, and remember a few specific examples that you can bring to his attention.

Has your father been struggling to follow conversations, asking you to repeat yourself, or complaining that the kids have started mumbling? Maybe he’s been missing the ringing of the phone when you try to call him, or always cranks up the volume on the TV to listen to the news. If he doesn’t hear you when his back is turned, or he doesn’t notice the stove alarm beeping, he has hearing loss. These are all indications that you need to have a conversation about your dad’s hearing health as soon as possible.


Hearing Loss Affects Family Communication

Your dad might think his hearing loss isn’t really a problem. After all, he’s gotten used to it, his hearing doesn’t bother him as much as it used to, and he doesn’t realize what all he’s missing. Gently remind him that he’s not the only one affected by his hearing loss, and that his inability to hear in interfering with his ability to maintain strong relationships. The entire family suffers when your dad can’t communicate, and everyone misses his witty jokes, or his input in family discussions. Not only that, but lately he’s been a more irritable than he used to be and doesn’t enjoy family dinners since he can’t follow conversations, and you’re worried your kids won’t get to know him like you did.


Have a Conversation About Hearing Loss

The best thing you can do this Father’s Day is have a conversation with your dad about hearing loss. Start the conversation by telling your dad how much you appreciate him and the part he plays in your life. Remind him that his hearing loss is hurting the whole family, and you’re not ready to sacrifice family communication. Don’t forget to give your dad some clear examples of how his hearing loss is affecting everyone.

Finish the conversation by telling him a few facts about modern hearing devices. Today’s hearing aids are sophisticated, streamlined devices that have an incredible range of programs and features to help your dad hear, whatever his level of hearing loss or hearing needs. From sleek behind-the-ear devices to tiny hearing aids that are completely invisible, we have a style he’s sure to love.


Hearing Health is Here for You

We know that family communication is important, and we will make sure your dad can get back to hearing clearly so he can participate in family activities, build strong relationships, improve his overall health, and enjoy a higher quality of life.

Once your dad is on board, call us at Hearing Health to book an appointment for a hearing test. Offer to accompany him to our office. We’re happy to talk to both of you about your dad’s hearing loss, and help you find the perfect device that will make him feel 20 years younger. Family communication can be restored by treating hearing loss, so this Father’s Day, give your dad, and your whole family, the gift of clear hearing. If you hurry, he might even have his brand-new devices before Father’s Day!

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