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RELATIVES and hearing loss

Hearing loss often develops slowly and it can take a long time before someone with a hearing loss decides to actually get a hearing aid. Here are some advice about what you, as a relative or friend, can do to help your loved one hear better.

SOUND FAMILIAR?

“My husband always has the TV turned up too loud.”
“My sister can never understand what I am saying on the phone.”
“I don’t think my friend heard anything I said at the party last night.”

SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS IN A LOVED ONE

These are some of the first signs of hearing loss. If you suspect that a loved one has a hearing loss, look for this behavior:
  • Difficulty understanding people
  • The need to have phrases repeated
  • High TV volumes
  • Difficulty hearing the phone
  • Difficulty following group chats
  • Withdrawal from social situations

Reina's husband can finally hear again

COMMUNICATION TIPS

If you suspect that someone you care about has a hearing loss, encourage them to see a hearing professional for a free hearing evaluation. In the meantime, you can help your loved one to better communicate by:
  • Catching his/her attention before speaking to make sure he/she looks at you
  • Speaking slowly and clearly
  • Repeating kindly what he/she doesn´t hear the first time
  • Using body language to show what you are saying
  • Asking kindly if he/she heard what you said

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