Tell your parents they need hearing aids
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Timing is important – Avoid talking about hearing aids with your parents during times when they may feel stressed out about other things or are at maximum frustration with their hearing loss.
Be empathetic and loving – First, try and put yourself in their shoes. After all, many years down the road, you may be the one on the receiving end of this difficult conversation with your children. You want them to get help for their hearing loss because you want the best for them. Don’t lose sight of your good intentions if the conversation isn’t going the way you hoped.
Focus on the effects – Rather than talking
incessantly about the hearing loss itself, which could cause your mom or dad to become defensive, focus on how the hearing loss is affecting your lives. You might tell them that you are sad to see they don’t enjoy playing bridge anymore or going to the theater as they once did. You might mention that they seem tired and frustrated more often because listening with hearing loss is much harder than with normal hearing. You might even tell them how much their young granddaughter misses being able to talk to them on the phone. Ask them to open up to you about other challenges the hearing loss is causing. Learn more