Choose a safe space to talk
It’s tempting to bring up a loved one’s hearing difficulty in the moment. Maybe you’ve had to repeat yourself several times. Perhaps you’re sick of how loud the TV is. Maybe you’re tired of repeating yourself or acting as a translator at dinner parties.
While it may seem relevant to discuss the problem then and there, you need to remember: it may be difficult for your loved one to accept. Bringing up the issue at the wrong time and catching them off-guard may cause them to get defensive and, as a result, not be as receptive to your message. Instead, start the conversation in a quiet and private place that your loved one feels comfortable in.