How To Support A Loved One Who Has Hearing Loss

I am proud to share my hearing loss story and tips on Mango Health. 

Do you know somebody with hearing loss? With nearly 50 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, you probably do. Hearing loss does not discriminate. It impacts people of all ages, races, and creeds. In fact 65% of people with hearing problems are under the age of 65. One in five teenagers now has hearing loss, as well as 60% of our returning veterans from foreign wars. It is everywhere! If someone close to you has hearing loss, you may have wondered how best to support them. Hearing health advocate Shari Eberts has nine tips that can help.

When someone has hearing loss, friends and family are also impacted. Communication patterns must be altered, new technologies learned, and everyone must adjust to the new reality. Frustration on either side can take a toll on these relationships. Follow these tips to support a loved one with hearing loss and keep your connections strong and vibrant.

Encourage them to get their hearing tested.

Because hearing loss often occurs gradually, friends and family may be the first people to notice. Perhaps the person is resistant to the idea that they have trouble hearing. Tell the person how much you love them and that you worry that he or she might miss out on parts of conversations or even be put in danger by impaired hearing.

Use communication best practices.

Show the person with hearing loss that you are willing to make changes too. Follow communication best practices like always facing the person, keeping your mouth uncovered and speaking clearly and at a consistent rate. Many of these actions are common sense, but it takes effort to implement them in every conversation.

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4 thoughts on “How To Support A Loved One Who Has Hearing Loss”

  1. A great way to engage and educate the community and spread the word out is organising meet-ups.
    It’s a new thing in Australia, and it’s becoming more and more popular.
    Developing a community that is interested in all sorts of topics within the audiology field is a fantastic way to make people with hearing loss feel more excepted.
    If anyone’s interested in these kinds of events, check out this article for more info: http://www.hearlink.com.au/industry-news/new-way-hearing-impaired-communities-supporting-each-other/

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Interesting idea. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Hello! Would you by chance have an article or information about the link between hearing impairment and anxiety? Thanks so much!

    On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 8:30 AM, Living With Hearing Loss wrote:

    > Shari Eberts posted: “I am proud to share my hearing loss story and tips > on Mango Health. Do you know somebody with hearing loss? With nearly 50 > million Americans suffering from hearing loss, you probably do. Hearing > loss does not discriminate. It impacts people of all ages,” >

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

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