One of the hardest things I had to do as my father got older was convince him that his ever lessening ability to hear was affecting our relationship. At first he simply denied that his hearing was going by complaining that it was my fault for not speaking up. He always claimed that I wasn’t speaking clearly and told me to ‘stop your mumbling.’ But as Dad’s hearing continued to decline it became harder for him to deny the obvious.
Dad had to keep turning the television volume up, and he couldn’t claim that the professional television talkers were mumbling. He could also not deny that he was having trouble hearing other people besides me. I finally just came out and told him that my inability to talk to him because of his inability to hear me was having a negative effect on his relationships with me and everyone else: ‘Hearing is communicating because it is one half of a conversation, and without being able to hear both halves you can’t communicate.’ Finally he then agreed to get hearing aids Manchester.