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A Kind but Effective Approach to a Hearing Loss Denier.

by Susan Fenrich

Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D. former Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute has some very good advice in his article: Stop being the ears of people with hearing loss denial. The following example of an intervention is from his article, which you can read further at

Here is one very clever intervention that could set you free. Explain to your loved one as follows in a calm, loving, non-condemnatory voice:

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The whole family has had a talk. We believe you have a hearing loss and in the past we have helped you by speaking louder, repeating ourselves, or interpreting what other people have said. In effect we have become your hearing aid. But we realized these might not be the most loving acts we can do for you. We love you very much and want you to get help for your hearing loss. So from now on we will move toward stopping repeating ourselves when you say "Huh" or "What did he say?" and we will move toward no longer speaking louder so you can understand us. Instead we will simply say the words "Hearing Helper" (or choose another signal word that has meaning for your family) before we give you help. This is our signal to you that you have just asked us to be your ears. This is our way of demonstrating our love for you that is by showing you how many times you ask for help. So for X period of time (e.g. a few weeks) we will continue to help you but we will preface our help with the words "Hearing Helper"we think in a short period of time you will realize how many times you seek our help in hearing."

Many loved ones in denial will soon realize how much they use your ears; when this happens they will seek help. Encourage them in their journey to a world of better hearing . And enjoy your new found freedom!

(Note: this advice is ONLY for people in denial and who have not sought help for their hearing loss.)

(Article content courtesy of The Better Hearing Institute)

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