While hearing loss is an emotional subject, bringing up factual points can help avoid those emotional minefields. Bring up some of the specific symptoms you’ve noticed. Highlight some facts about how common hearing loss is, and how easy it could be to address. Be sure to position all this as an observation, rather than an accusation. After all, this conversation comes from love, not blame. ENCOURAGE A HEARING CHECK. Once you have stated your case, don’t rush to define a set diagnosis. This is where an evaluation from a professional comes into play. These evaluations are free, simple, and encouraged for anyone over 50 as part of their annual check-up. PRESSURE WILL NOT HELP If your loved one is displaying symptoms of hearing loss, there is a lot of additional emotional turmoil they may be experiencing. They might not be quite ready to take action, or need additional time to process. Encourage them to pay attention to their behaviour and see if they notice the same things you’re seeing. Give them some time to be a bit more aware and try having the conversation again in a few months. Hearing loss can be an emotional journey, and it often takes many years until a person is ready to take action. Taking a respectful approach to the touchy nature of the topic and offering sincere support can help shorten the process, and get our loved ones closer.