You love being a grandparent and you love your grandchildren. You especially love their inquisitive nature and all the interesting questions they ask you, like:
“Why is the sky blue?”
“What happened to the dinosaurs?”
“What are those things in your ears?”
Your local natural history museum may be better suited to help explain what happened to the dinosaurs, but here are a few simple ways you can teach your grandkids about hearing loss.
Explaining Hearing Loss
The first thing to do when teaching your grandchildren about hearing loss is letting them know you have it. In fact, telling your loved ones – including your grandkids – can help make living with hearing loss easier for everyone. For younger children, a simple explanation of “My ears do not work as well as they used to like when I was your age,” can be enough to satiate their curiosity. However, older grandchildren may inquire further and be interested in learning more about hearing loss.
If your older grandkids are showing curiosity about your hearing aids, there’s no need to shy away from explaining it to them. Let them know there is a problem with one or more parts of your ear and that your hearing is not working as well as it should. You can even explain that it is an age-related hearing loss, or that it is caused by another reason affecting the inner ear, middle ear, or outer ear. This is also a good time to remind your grandchildren of the importance of protecting your ears throughout your life!
Show and Tell
Again, there’s no need to hide your hearing loss if your grandkids are curious. Conduct a mini show-and-tell with your grandchildren. Show them your hearing aid and explain to them how this device helps you hear better. Although it may look small, it is wearable technology, like a second set of ears!
Enlist their Help
Now that your grandchildren know you experience hearing loss, you can ask them to help you hear better when you are out together. Whether you are grocery shopping for a big family dinner or taking a car trip to the local zoo, enlist their help to “hear better,” with any announcements or updates that are made while you are out together.
Model Good Hearing Health
Teach your grandchildren the importance of practicing good hearing health throughout their lives. Keep the television volume low and the car radio at a normal volume, even if they ask you to turn it up and sing their favorite song. Explain the importance of taking care of their ears and their hearing health – and that the ability to hear is a gift.
Having hearing loss doesn’t mean you need to miss out on family fun, especially with your grandchildren. And with 4 convenient locations to choose from in the Houston area, Connect Hearing is a great place to start if you think you need a hearing aid, offering free hearing evaluations, nationally-recognized customer service and affordable products for all budgets. Contact us at (281) 671-9626 or visit ConnectHearing.com today to schedule your FREE evaluation, and discover a world of better hearing today.