You might wonder from time to time, “Can he hear me? Or does he pretend he can’t hear me?”
It might be time to give him the benefit of the doubt: According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, men between the ages of 20 and 69 are twice as likely to have a hearing loss as women are.
If a loved one is struggling with a hearing problem, you know how tough it can be just to get the conversation past “How are you?” But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Hearing technology has come a long way in recent years. Modern hearing aids are small and comfortable, and they can integrate seamlessly with his smartphone. They can easily mean the difference between his straining to hear basics (“Would you like some pie, Dad?”) and his active participation in dinner-table banter.
If you don’t get a chance to see your family that often, better hearing is even more important. After all, how can he share a story, tell a joke, or throw in his 10 cents about this month’s headlines if he spends all his energy struggling to hear?