Getting help for a loved one with hearing loss

If your loved one has hearing loss, help them take the first step towards reconnecting to the life they love.

An older woman talking at a party

What you'll find on this page

  • First steps to help a loved one
  • Hear how others have coped with a loved one’s hearing loss
  • Find out how to take the next step

What is the first step to helping a loved one?

People with hearing loss often say they feel alone in the world. It’s hard for them, but it’s also hard for the people who love them. Watching someone you care for – a wife, husband, parent or friend – shut themselves off from their world can be very painful. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

You can help your loved one by talking to them about their hearing loss. You can tell them that even though they tried hearing aids and stopped using them, it's not the end of the road—there are other options. Advanced hearing solutions, such as cochlear implants or bone conduction implants, may be able to help them get back to the life they love.

Just like Brenda and Tom K. have found, there are options for hearing loss that can help your loved one regain what they've been missing.

Cochlear recipient Tom and his wife Brenda pose for a photo on the street

"Since getting his Kanso® [Sound Processor], Tom's doing so well. It's amazing. I feel like he's back. He's my husband again. A big burden has been lifted off me, too. He can actually talk on the phone now!"

- Brenda K, wife of Tom K, Cochlear™ Nucleus® Sound Processor recipient

What is the next step to helping a loved one?

The next step is to find a hearing health professional who specializes in all types of hearing solutions, including hearing implants. They can talk to your loved one, test their hearing and help them find the right solution for their needs.

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Please seek advice from your health professional about treatments for hearing loss. Outcomes may vary, and your health professional will advise you about the factors which could affect your outcome. Always read the instructions for use. Not all products are available in all countries. Please contact your local Cochlear representative for product information.

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