Data released by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), suggests that family members are the key factor in influencing the decision to pursue the purchase of hearing instruments. Fifty-five percent of new hearing aid users sought treatment once they realized, following encouragement by family members and through a baseline hearing test, the severity of their hearing loss.
Denial poses a significant barrier to improving the well-being of those with un-addressed hearing loss. Many people, with untreated hearing loss, simply aren't aware of the impact it has on their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Others deny or minimize their known hearing loss and the effect it has on loved ones. Hearing loss is linked to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including: irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, avoidance or withdrawal from social situations, and loneliness. Additionally, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced job performance and earning power, as well as diminished psychological and overall health, can be associated with untreated hearing loss.
Helping a family member deal with their loss of hearing can be a difficult challenge. The most positive course you can take is to help him come to terms with it so he can seek treatment. Make it your goal to reach out and prevent your father from drawing back into isolated silence – make this season the time he regains the gift of hearing. Begin with a baseline hearing test and gently guide him through the process of resolving his hearing loss.
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