Helping a Hearing Impaired Friend
When you notice that your friend is experiencing hearing loss, it can take a while to muster up the courage to talk to them about it. Addressing hearing loss with a close friend can be an embarrassing, awkward situation at first.
You can help ease the awkwardness by embracing it fully and addressing their hearing loss directly. Even though they may grow defensive at first and withdraw for a while, over time they will come around to admitting it and may even feel comforted that they need no longer be alone with their problem.
It takes two to have a conversation, so make sure you help out your hearing impaired friend by actively listening to their needs, fears, and feelings. People with hearing loss often feel socially isolated and have trouble opening up to people about their hearing loss, so let them share their worries with you and be there for them with appropriate guidance and support to help them seek treatment methods to address their hearing loss.
Remind your friend that you are there for them in every possible way and be supportive and cooperative in helping them take active steps towards rectifying their hearing. Be open to driving them to their hearing appointments if necessary and being there to help them process the information provided to them. After all, a friend in need is a friend indeed!