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Is Your Loved One in Denial of Their Hearing Loss?

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Call Today (480) 719-3094 Harper Hearing Services Company 1007 E Warner Road Tempe, AZ 85284 www.Hearing-Aids-Tempe-AZ.com Does your family member or close friend deny the existence of their hearing loss, and thus does not seek any treatment? If you answered yes, you are among the thousands, if not millions of others experiencing the same issue across the world!

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Is Your Loved One in Denial of Their Hearing Loss?

  1. 1. Is Your Loved One in Denial of Their Hearing Loss? Does your family member or close friend deny the existence of their hearing loss, and thus does not seek any treatment? If you answered yes, you are among the thousands, if not millions of others experiencing the same issue across the world! Acknowledging a hearingimpairment can be a blow to a person’s self confidence andfeeling of control. But do not fret! There are ways you can help!As a close loved one, you must also understand your own feelingsabout the situation prior to speaking with your family member orclose friend. Consider your feelings. Do you get angry with yourloved one for not seeking treatment? Does your attitude onlyupset your loved one over the situation? Have you become thehearing “aid” in your loved one’s life (filling in gaps, repeatingyourself and others)?Are you resentful of becoming the hearing “aid”? Do you avoidsocial gatherings for the sake of your loved one because of theirhearing impairment? Do you resent that you miss out socially dueto this?Do you believe your loved one is disillusioned by their perceptionof “normal” hearing? Do you argue about his/her hearingimpairment? Do you feel that he/she is acting vainly by notpursuing amplification? Yes? If you said yes to any of thesequestions, it is definitely time to get moving.Harper Hearing Services Co. (480) 719-3094
  2. 2. Resentment is an issue, a stumbling block for you and for yourloved one to move forward. If you have found yourself resentinghim/her over the hearing impairment, that is an emotion thatmust first be dealt with before moving on. Once you haveovercome this problem, your mission of hearing help can begin!First things first, if you are creating a safety net for your lovedones hearing difficulties – it is time to stop. Slowly removeyourself from the role of hearing “aid”. Manage your owncommunication difficulties, not his/hers. Know thatcommunication will be more difficult during this time, but thatthis is merely a stepping stone to treatment.Know that conflicts may arise, but remember that this is for theirand your betterment. Start telling the truth. Let your loved oneknow how their hearing difficulty is impacting you, but do sogently and with love. Suggest options, and provide theinformation readily. Understand that this is difficult for them, beloving, and generous about the time it will take for them toaccept treatment as a needed option. They have to accept theirloss before they can manage it.After a short period of time, your loved one will probably start torealize that without all of the help you had been providing, theyare having great difficulty. Once they realize this, then they canbegin to take positive steps toward intervention andmanagement.Harper Hearing Services Co. (480) 719-3094
  3. 3. Stand firm in your stance of not being a hearing “aid”. You haveto reveal the need for hearing management. The most importantthing you can do for them is to help your loved one recognizetheir problem. Beyond that, it is up to them whether they willtake steps to manage their hearing loss or not. For More Information Call Us at (480) 719-3094 Or Visit www.hearing-aids-tempe-az.com, YouTube, Facebook and TwitterHarper Hearing Services Co. (480) 719-3094

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