One of the key points to consider when talking to a loved one about their hearing loss is to choose the right place and time. Timing is everything and it’s best to avoid accusations in the heat of the moment, as it can cause the person to become defensive. Choose a safe, familiar and quiet location like their house. Alternatively, invite them over for coffee or offer to cook dinner.
We always encourage you to focus on the positives as the main purpose of the conversation is to help your loved one get the help they need. They may be worried about wearing a hearing aid, or being judged by people, so you should help calm these fears and focus on the benefits and solutions that facing the situation would bring. Lastly, let them know that you are there for them. Do some research into hearing tests and new hearing solutions, so you can let them know what to expect. Help them make an appointment and go along with them.