Supporting a Loved One with Hearing Loss

Supporting a Loved One with Hearing Loss

Matt DearingHearing Loss, Leisure and Lifestyle, Resource

Supporting a loved one with hearing loss can make a significant difference in their quality of life. By understanding their needs and providing the right assistance, we can help them navigate the challenges they face. 

Educate Yourself about Hearing Loss

  • Understanding the causes and effects of hearing loss is crucial. Visit reputable sources like the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) at to learn about different types of hearing loss and available treatment options.
  • Recognize the emotional and social impact of hearing loss. Empathize with your loved one’s experiences and acknowledge the frustrations they may encounter in daily life.
  •  Extend patience and empathy to yourself as you maneuver new territory. Ask for help from other family and community members.

Communication Strategies

  • Establish effective communication strategies. Speak clearly and face your loved one directly, ensuring your mouth is visible for lip reading if needed.

Avoid speaking too slowly or over exaggerating your lip movements, as it can distort your speech and make it more difficult to understand.

  • Reduce background noise whenever possible, as it can make it challenging for someone with hearing loss to focus on conversations. Choose quieter environments and turn off unnecessary distractions.

Turn off the television or radio. This will help your loved one focus on your voice and better comprehend what you are saying.

  • Consider using visual aids or written communication to supplement verbal interactions. Dry erase boards and notepads are useful to reiterate important information regarding dates and locations and ensure it is properly conveyed and understood.
  •  Incorporate visual cues into your communication, such as gestures, facial expressions, and body language. These visual cues can provide additional context and help your loved one follow the conversation more easily.

Assistive Listening Devices

Suggest an exploration of options. Encourage your loved one to consult with a hearing healthcare professional to determine the most suitable hearing aids. Modern hearing implements are highly advanced, available with acute specificity and can significantly improve their ability to hear and understand speech.

Highlight the positive!

  • Devices include amplified telephones, TV listening systems, and personal amplifiers. Follow up with your hearing health professional  as to what would be of most use. 
  • Assist your loved one in adopting helpful technology, such as smartphone apps or captioned telephone services, that can facilitate easier communication and accessibility in everyday life.
  •  Discuss the specific benefits that assistive devices can bring, such as increased mobility, improved communication, or enhanced safety. Share success stories or testimonials from others who have experienced positive changes in their lives after using assistive devices.
  • Demonstrate its use! Encourage your loved one to try out different devices or watch videos showcasing how the devices work. This hands-on approach can help them understand the practicality and usefulness of the devices.
  • Help them focus! Identify specific activities or tasks that they find challenging and explain how assistive devices can assist them in achieving those goals. Personalizing the benefits can make it more compelling for them to consider using the devices.

Encourage your loved one to explore these options by offering to help them along the way and find what works best for THEM!

Encourage Professional Assistance

  • Suggest a hearing evaluation from a qualified audiologist. Encourage your loved one to seek professional help to assess the extent of their hearing loss and explore appropriate treatment options.
  • Discuss the benefits of hearing implements or other supportive listening devices. They can greatly enhance their ability to communicate and participate fully in social activities.
  • Offer to accompany them to appointments and provide support during the decision-making process. This shows that you care and are committed to helping them through this journey.

Start implementing these strategies today and make a difference for your loved one with hearing loss.

Supporting a loved one requires patience, understanding, and education. By taking the time to learn about hearing loss, improving communication strategies, and encouraging professional assistance, we can make a positive impact on their lives.

Remember, your understanding, patience, and assistance can make a world of difference in their journey to live well with hearing loss. Start today and make a positive impact! Don’t forget to take care of yourself along the way.

If you feel overwhelmed give us a call! We are here to help you and your loved one on their path to a better hearing experience.