The holiday season is filled with many festivities, from decorating to watching movies like Miracle on 34th Street and singing Christmas carols. But there’s one holiday activity that seems to trump all: gift-giving.
While kids ask for the latest toys, adults often expect more practical gifts. That being said, if your loved one appears to have hearing loss, you may think that purchasing hearing aids for them would be a great idea!
“What would be better than giving the gift of hearing?” you might say.
It turns out that hearing aids are not usually received as well as we may expect. In fact, getting your loved one a pair of hearing aids is usually a pretty bad idea, and here are just 6 reasons why.
1. You can’t select the right hearing aids for someone else.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand that hearing aids are medical devices. You’ll need to understand what type of hearing loss your loved one has, but beyond this, you’ll need to understand their style preferences.
So, unless you talk to them about it first, it’s going to be very difficult to select the appropriate hearing aids for their hearing loss and comfort.
2. Your loved one may not have accepted their hearing loss.
You may be surprised to learn that most people with hearing loss deny their hearing loss. In fact, it takes most folks between 7 to 10 years before they accept their hearing loss and purchase a pair of hearing aids.
If you’re keen on helping your loved one start hearing better, talk to them about their hearing loss. Until your loved one accepts their hearing loss, they won’t be ready to commit to wearing hearing aids.
Shopping for someone else? Learn more about 4 Obstacles to Overcome When Your Loved One Needs Hearing Aids.
3. Your loved one may just feel like you think they’re getting old.
The prevalence of age-related hearing loss causes many to associate hearing aids with being elderly. Especially if your loved one is older, giving them hearing aids might just make them feel old.
While you may have the best intentions when buying your loved one hearing aids, consider how your loved one could feel when receiving them.
4. Your loved one might not be willing to adjust to hearing aids.
Many of us don’t realize that hearing aids come along with an adjustment process. When we have hearing loss, our ears and brains get used to not hearing well. So, when a person with hearing loss puts on a pair of hearing aids, suddenly amplifying sounds they haven't heard in a while, their ears and brain will need time to adjust.
If your loved one knows anyone who has hearing aids, they may be fully aware of this adjustment process and know that it can take several weeks. While the adjustment period is often well worth it, if you’re loved one doesn’t want to commit to it, they’re not ready for hearing aids.
To make shopping for your loved one easier, visit our step-by-step guide: Is Your Loved One Ready to Start Wearin Hearing Aids?
5. Your loved one may not like how things sound with hearing aids.
There may be a reason that your loved one isn’t wearing hearing aids already. Has your loved one tried hearing aids before? If they have, there’s a possibility that they didn’t enjoy that experience.
The truth is that hearing with hearing aids is different than hearing without them. Your voice will sound different to you, and hearing aids amplify all sounds, instead of just the sounds nearest to you. It’s a different world of listening, and your loved one needs to be ready to get used to it.
6. Your loved one just might not want hearing aids.
You probably feel tempted to buy hearing aids for your loved one because you have trouble communicating with them. You have to raise your voice and repeat yourself for them to hear you, and sometimes, you find yourself simply giving up because chatting with them is just too difficult.
Irregardless of how you feel, your loved one may be entirely happy living with hearing loss. In fact, many people find ways to adjust to life with hearing loss, despite the fact that hearing aids can improve your quality of life.
When should you buy hearing aids for someone else?
Here’s a good rule of thumb: DO NOT buy hearing aids for your loved one without their consent, but DO buy hearing aids for your loved one if they have accepted their hearing loss and are prepared to be fully involved in the purchase process. It’s that easy.
When your loved one is ready to hear better, Advanced Affordable Hearing is ready to help. Our mission to help people hear better at a price they can afford, including your loved one. We’re just a phone call away.
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