Make it about you, though, and not your friend, if that helps. For example, medical science has found a link between some kinds of hearing loss and conditions like Alzheimer's disease. In fact, a 2014 report issued by Johns Hopkins Medicine shows there is a certain amount of brain shrinkage in patients that ignore their hearing loss as opposed to managing it with hearing aids and other devices. Talk to your friend about the fear you have that undetected hearing loss can hurt you down the road and why you think it's time for to think about a hearing test.
The truth is that most people benefit from getting the occasional hearing test, so why not schedule one for yourself and challenge your friend to join you. Instead of talking about potential hearing loss, make the test part of a comprehensive wellness strategy, something you can work on together You get your nails done together, maybe, you go to the gym together, you might even head to the dentist together, so why not a hearing test? Maybe, tell your friend you need some help because you're not sure what to expect from a hearing test. You might even claim to that you're not sure if you have hearing problems of your own. It can't hurt you to get tested, especially if it helps out a friend.
Maybe just being honest is the better approach for this particular friend, but before you start that discussion, take some time to get the facts right. It's possible what you've noticed isn't about hearing loss, but a sign of another condition. This is the right time to get familiar with the signs of hearing loss, so you can talk intelligently with your friend. Some of the most common symptoms include:
These little things are not something a person might pick up on their own, but stuff you as a friend might notice.
When you're ready, talk about the things you've noticed like:
Indicate some of the tell-tell signs of hearing loss you see in your friend like turning the head to one side to hear or the seemingly automatic "What" with every discussion. It's possible your friend always has a look might look confused during a conversation. Take the time to write some specific examples, too. The more details you offer, the more your friend will recognize the symptoms. Even it if it doesn't sink in the first time around, you planted a seed and now this person will start to notice things on their own. Don't be confrontational, just caring and concerned. Once, you've had the talk, offer to make the appointment for your friend. It will usually start with a trip to the ear doctor. Afterward, you can go along for the test as support. Hearing loss is not an easy thing to accept, but an important challenge to face because there are consequences if you don't. Be that friend that understands the need and help that someone in your life find their way back to healthy hearing.