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How to convince a person with hearing loss to see a doctor


Does your loved one lose their hearing and do not go to the doctor? So, a difficult process of persuasion is ahead. Get ready that you have to motivate him for the examination. We’ll tell you how to prepare for the conversation and what tricks to go so as not to miss the time for early hearing correction.

Get ready for a conversation

Do not convince the loved one to go to the doctor until you are ready to talk. You will not achieve results if the arguments are based on assumptions. Observe it, note obvious symptoms. Listen carefully: perhaps a person by chance will tell about feelings. They will help to see the picture of the disease.

Find symptoms in medical directories. Explore more sources and consult your doctor. Make an appointment with him or ask questions on the profile forum. Find deaf or deaf people in social networks, discuss your situation. They will talk about their experiences and share what made them visit the doctor.

After you have mastered the information about the proposed diagnosis, rehearse the speech in front of the mirror. The advice is not random, although it looks strange. The fact is that you essentially have to address a skeptic. It depends on your inner confidence and eloquence how convincing your monologue will be.

Tatyana Chicherova, Specialist in Hearing Correction at the MasterSuh ™ Center in Rostov-on-Don:

“Dad is 66 years old, he is a pensioner. He was a radio operator on military aircraft. Then he worked on a lathe. All his conscious life he was in conditions of loud noise. Most likely, this was the main reason for the age-related decline. But the moment when dad began to lose his hearing, no one noticed in the family.

Noticed the inhibition of reactions, thoughtful nodding of the head. He answered questions uncertainly, as if in doubt. Over time, dad began to turn on the TV very loudly. It was impossible to be in the room at that time. But in the bathroom, for example, the water runs, I have not heard. Like a phone call. At the same time, he never complained that he began to hear worse. "

Oksana Mikhailova,Specialist in the selection and tuning of hearing aids of the centerMasterSound ™ in Krasnodar:

“You are native people and wish only good. Now there is no difficulty in adjusting what can be corrected. Understanding this, you must simply and unobtrusively send a relative to an important and very popular hearing examination recently. You don’t even need to look for special reasons for this. Does he think he has no hearing problems? Fine. They will tell him how to save him when age comes. Moreover, a relative often understands that age has already come. But he has his own motives to deny the problem. And he knows your arguments and arguments. And ready for their rebuff. But do we behave differently? Absolutely the same, but in other situations. In putting things off, in the fight against bad habits ... We know that this is necessary. We would be happy if there would be a person nearby who would take our hand and through “I don't want to - once” just did what was needed! Be such a person for a loved one. ”

When is better to talk

Focus on the mood of a loved one - before a conversation, he should be calm, friendly and free from work. If you know that the patient will perceive the conversation negatively regardless of mood, go for a trick. Catch the moment when he gets tired more than usual, and tell us about your concerns. Offer to go to the doctor together. At the time of physical fatigue, a person is susceptible to any information and, if properly presented, will consider it sound.

Oksana Mikhailova, specialist in the selection and tuning of hearing aids at the MasterSluch ™ Center in Krasnodar:

“More often than not, even realizing that the hearing is reduced, the patient will exhort himself and those around him that these are damned traffic jams. It is definitely worth using! It is even more fortunate that you are going to the doctor - he will wash these plugs. Yes, and he’ll check the rumor so that he has something to compare with in a year, in five years. ”

Will there be a result after the first conversation

The older the person, the less likely it is to convince him to go to the doctor. Life experience gives rise to many fears: you will have to purposefully deal with each of them. There is more than one conversation in which you need to bring out an important person for revelations: what he thinks, feels, why he does not recognize the disease.

Speak every confession, destroy its doubts with logical facts. Do not embellish possible outcomes and abandon pretense optimism: the best weapon in persuasion is seriousness and sincerity.

Often, a spouse or spouse can become an ardent opponent of a visit to a doctor.

Tatyana Chicherova, Specialist in Hearing Correction at the MasterSuh ™ Center in Rostov-on-Don:

“My mother unexpectedly came out as an ardent opponent. “He's not old yet!” She was indignant. In her understanding, only old people wear hearing aids. It was impossible to convince her. And neither my experience, nor authority, nor arguments that without hearing aids, speech intelligibility only worsens over time, did not help. I could not influence my own parents. Mom was still opposed, although Dad was no longer resisting. But they made the decision together. ”

Oksana Mikhailova, specialist in the selection and tuning of hearing aids at the MasterSluch ™ Center in Krasnodar:

“Sometimes relatives are very sensitive to the problems that they associate with aging. Although the hearing problem is by no means an age-related problem. But if you see that soft power will bring more benefit, without directly indicating a defect, then it is better to try it first. Especially with women. It is often easier with men. You can joke with them on the subject of hearing. But it’s also better to try not to pedal the topic, which is unpleasant for him and can cause irritation. “Well, of course, of course, you hear everything. Well, we are all talking badly here. And the tv. And all around. But still they went to check, maybe we should be changed to others, or maybe you need to tighten up your hearing a bit.

It just takes a little more perseverance. Everyone needs to check the hearing! There is no such person who could say with confidence that everything is in order with his hearing. The decrease can affect speech intelligibility after 10–20 years or respond to mild trauma, stress in childbirth, taking antibiotics, or commonplace stress at work. But on the examination, disturbing calls will be visible, to which attention should be paid. Especially when, perhaps, there is a certain hereditary factor in the family. But we do not make a problem out of the fact that it is worth checking your eyesight.

Therefore, you can safely discuss that you are going to check your hearing yourself, along with grabbing your grandmother. So that later she couldn’t get herself. When else is the occasion presented? Excuses are not accepted, because doctors may have questions that you don’t know answers to, but only your grandmother knows! For example, you can say that you are worried if hearing loss is not inherited. She thinks she’s okay with hearing? No problem! No need to argue. Entrust this matter to professionals. ”

What to do when a person agreed to visit a doctor

When a loved one agrees to an examination, do not run to the nearest clinic. Choose a specialist, show the patient your suggestions. Read the reviews together and ask where he would like to be examined. Perhaps the choice will fall on another city, because sometimes it is important for the patient to maintain confidentiality.

Oksana Mikhailova, specialist in the selection and tuning of hearing aids at the MasterSluch ™ Center in Krasnodar:

“It is better to ring the hearing centers in advance, after which it usually becomes clear where and how you will be received and what the result will be from the visit. Ideally, the clinic should have a medical license, and not just a “point of sale”. At MasterSound ™, we always adhere to the standard, starting with the administrator, ending with a medical college. Therefore, a relative will be grateful to you. They will explain and calm everything to him. They will listen to him because he has something to tell, and older people love to talk. If hearing correction is really required, hearing aids will gently try on. In any case, the choice rests with the patient. Nobody should impose anything. But it is impossible to want or not want what I have not tried. We must give a chance to want. ”

Look for “your doctor” - a specialist who will be able to inspire confidence in the patient from the first visit and convince him of his competence. Remember that there will be no second chance to make a first impression. And the discomfort that your loved one will experience when selecting, can for a long time discourage his desire to change something.

Tatyana Chicherova, Specialist in Hearing Correction at the MasterSuh ™ Center in Rostov-on-Don:

“I will not describe the process in detail, I can only say that my father and I went for an examination, I did not have enough information that the specialist gave. It was not inMasterSound ™, and in another city, dad himself wanted it.

In none of the proposed devices was Dad comfortable, his own voice interfered. Of course, we left with nothing, despite the persistent persuasion of the seller.

But I was able to understand exactly how my father hears. He had a steeply descending audiogram. The perception of loudness in such a situation does not suffer, that is, a person reacts to sound. Therefore, it is not always immediately clear that there are problems.

Low-frequency sounds are well audible, worse - at medium frequencies. And the sounds of high frequencies are not heard at all. And in this range is human speech. Therefore, dad heard loudly, but practically did not understand the meaning of the words. On TV, I mostly “watched pictures”. When the family discussed the need for hearing aids, strangely enough, Dad refused. Apparently, the unpleasant sensations in the devices affected during the fitting ”.

Do not persuade. Support and let us understand that your relationship will not change regardless of the diagnosis. If the patient wants you to ride together, go. No, don't insist.

Tatyana Chicherova, Specialist in Hearing Correction at the MasterSuh ™ Center in Rostov-on-Don:

“I had to try again later. Opportunitytrial weargave a great chance to try the devices in familiar living conditions. The result was good. And it immediately became noticeable. Usually silent, dad more often began to participate in home conversations.

This time everything worked out. Modern devices allow you to achieve comfort and speech intelligibility. Papa was not disturbed by his own voice, which often happens when hearing at low frequencies is normal. And he began to hear whispering speech at a distance of 3 meters. This time we overcame the resistance from my mother. The whole family watched TV in the evening. At a comfortable volume for everyone. And mom constantly “tested” dad if he heard a word. But dad heard everything! ”

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What to do if persuasion does not help

If deafness is progressing, and a loved one, despite your efforts, does not want to go to the doctor, use the “forbidden” methods:

  1. Tell him that a loud TV is like a disco: it doesn’t even spoil the hearing, but affects the cardiac activity and the nervous system. But do not be very zealous if the patient is highly suspicious.
  2. Offer an equivalent exchange: provide an important service and ask to visit a doctor in return.
  3. Offer trial listening and wearing hearing aids. Do not like the result - we will return, and everything will be as before.
  4. In a situation where you would need his help, but he didn’t hear, with genuine regret complain: “Dad, I didn’t hear, right? Sorry. And I needed you so much ... "

While you persuade a loved one, do not forget about yourself. Get enough sleep, spend time as a hobby. This will prevent burnout. Be patient and act! We are always waiting for you and your family for a conversation and examination!

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