This Father’s Day, give your dad a special gift
Hearing News • June, 14 2018
“This Father’s Day might be the ideal time to give your dad a special gift that enhances your moments together and increases his enjoyment of life.”
Rory Thompson, Hearing Care Consultant
From teaching you to ride a bike to providing unconditional love and support at difficult times, chances are our fathers shaped who we are today in many important ways.
Every year, we try to find a thoughtful and useful gift that shows how much we appreciate our dads even when the amount of time we spend together can be limited by our careers and our own families. That makes the time we do get to spend with our fathers and grandfathers even more special.
As we get older, the chance that we need support for some degree of hearing loss gets greater. If your father has untreated hearing loss, he may not talk or socialize as much as he did before. Symptoms of hearing loss also include frequently asking others to repeat themselves, speaking more slowly, or raising your voice; turning up the sound of the radio or television when others aren’t having difficulty hearing; and being exhausted after social gatherings due to the strain of trying to keep up with conversations.
A hearing test is the first step to better hearing
People are much more likely to take a hearing test if they know that their hearing loss is affecting others. So it’s important to find time for a quiet one-on-one conversation with your father about his hearing loss. You can let him know how much you miss seeing him fully enjoy family gatherings and talk about the increased quality of life that comes from identifying and treating hearing loss.
Your father’s GP may refer him to an audiologist who can do a hearing test. This process can take a number of weeks which is why it is more popular nowadays to arrange a hearing test in a high street chain or in a private practice like our own.
Time for an upgrade if your father wears hearing aids?
Depending on how long ago your dad started wearing hearing aids, they might need an update this Father’s Day. Hearing aids have evolved dramatically in recent years with advances such as Bluetooth connections to phones, TVs and music players, advanced tinnitus therapies and clearer sound in all acoustic environments.
The new Evoke hearing aids from Widex, for example, combines convenient rechargeability with machine-learning technology to create the most natural hearing experience possible in all situations.
Dads are not always known for coming forward and sharing their needs. To find out if new hearing aids would be helpful, ask your father if any aspects of his current hearing aids bother him. For example, does he struggle hearing over the phone or holding conversations with multiple people? Does changing batteries annoy him? If so, it could be a good time to schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional who can introduce your father to the latest hearing solutions to help improve his quality of life.
If you would like to arrange a hearing test with Thompson Hearing Services we have clinics throughout Northern Ireland and are adding new clinics every month! We are currently located in Belfast, Bangor, Dungannon, Omagh and Ballymoney.