When your loved one won't get a hearing test

By Dr. Anne Simon

January 10, 2018

I see the consequences of untreated and poorly treated hearing loss routinely. My observations agree with the research. Waiting 3, or 5, or 10 years, can have substantial effects on emotional and cognitive well-being.

It is also hard for me to watch what happens to families. Hearing is key to relationships. And our most significant relationships are family. Everything we humans have ever achieved started with the mother-father-child relationship. Any time I can contribute to the reconnection of families, I consider it a sacred privilege.

I can neither predict nor reassure any given patient what will happen if they delay treatment. But, like most health related issues, the sooner you seek treatment, the better the options and outcomes.

What will get your loved one to take the next step? Everybody is a little bit different. Discussing the emotional and cognitive consequences might help. Having everyone in the family lovingly and supportively confront might help. Sharing how the hearing loss has effected your relationship might help.

You can also just stop in and say’ “Hi.” Some patients just need a little better idea of what to expect. And others feel better if they just have a chance to meet me. A personal connection is important to reassure that you are in good, caring hands.

Hearing loss is a serious, significant health issue. It’s your brain that hears, not your ears. Treating hearing loss contributes to emotional and cognitive health. If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss, call my office at 208-746-7022.  

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