How do I encourage my dad to get a hearing aid?
February 7, 2013 12:12 AM Subscribe
I live with my parents. My dad is in his early 70s and he's going deaf. This started a few years ago. Now, he often isn't aware that my mother or I are speaking at all unless he's looking right us, and even when he is, it's clear that he's only pretending to hear a lot of the time.
posted by srs airbag to human relations (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
He's also a very sensitive, increasingly withdrawn alcoholic who hasn't been to the doctor in ten years. I believe he's depressed. I see him cutting himself off from my mother and me, and I think he's letting the deafness help him do it.
We've raised the hearing aid issue before, jokingly. Before Christmas he once said he would think about getting one this year, but there's been no followup. I don't think he'll listen to my mother if she pushes him. I don't think deafness is the biggest factor in his self-isolation, but it would help to address it, wouldn't it? Is it even my place to push him to get one? What's the kindest/most effective way to go about it?