How can I get my dad to have a hearing test?
Your story is a common one that we hear on a very regular basis. Because age related hearing loss develops very slowly over a number of years, many people don't notice it happening, or don't want to admit it is happening when someone else points it out. I would suggest that a conversation with a GP in a quiet consulting room along with a tuning fork test is perhaps not the best method of detecting hearing loss.One suggestion might be to show him the Frequently Asked Questions under Hearing Loss on our website as it answers 'Why should I have my hearing tested?' and 'If I have a hearing test, will it definitely mean that I end up wearing a hearing aid?'If this is enough to convince him to at least go for a hearing test, I would strongly suggest you go with him for support. The audiologist will very gently take you through what it means to have a hearing loss and the different options available to help his hearing in the future.
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