Sound Advice for a Loved One

If you're here because you think a friend or family member might be experiencing hearing loss, you're doing the right thing
by educating yourself.

Our website provides information about: 

But most importantly, you can access
information about how best to approach
the topic of hearing loss with a loved one. 

The Importance of Hearing Checks

While it's important to get as much information as possible, a free hearing screening is the only way to determine if a hearing loss is present.  We recommend that everyone over the age of 50 have an annual hearing check. 

At National Hearing Care, a hearing check takes less than 30 minutes and it can be conducted at any one of our clinics.  It's the only way to get solid proof of the existence of hearing loss.

Keep reading to find out how you can encourage a loved one to come along to a free hearing check at one of National Hearing Care's clinics. 

Having the "Talk"

If you're worried that someone you love is experiencing hearing problems, it's important to know that neither of you are alone.  One in five Australians have some sort of hearing loss.

Hearing loss is a personal issue and it can be sometimes uncomfortable to bring up the subject with a friend or relative.

Here are some tips on how to have the talk with your loved one:

  • Use specific examples and be gentle (e.g. I've noticed that it is not as easy for you to hear when we are…)
  • Be mindful of the fact that your loved one may have already noticed themselves that they have trouble hearing, but aren't yet ready to acknowledge the problem
  • Some people might become defensive or blame others – e.g. "young people mumble…." or "I don't have a problem – everyone else does"
  • Many people have long-held beliefs that hearing is a sign of ageing: "If I need a hearing aid then I'm old." Yes, the truth is that hearing is one sign of getting older, but nothing "ages" a person more than not being able to hear and contribute to conversations effectively
  • "My friend has hearing aids and doesn't even wear them" is a statement we hear all too often. Provide reassurance that every person's needs are different and hearing aids can be customised for them.
  • Suggest that they go to their National Hearing Care clinic for a free hearing screening check.

 Book a fre​e hearing test today for your loved one.