Hearing loss isn’t just difficult for the person experiencing it. It can take its toll on their loved ones as well. Let’s examine the ways hearing loss can affect your relationship with others and what can be done to keep your connections strong.
How Hearing Loss Can Hurt Relationships
Untreated hearing loss makes it harder to communicate. Communication is the key to many successful relationships, and when that is disrupted, those relationships can suffer.
Additionally, people with hearing loss may begin to socially isolate or rely on their spouse or partner to essentially act as their ears in social situations. This can lead to frustration and resentment for both the person experiencing hearing loss as well as their loved ones.
The University of Nottingham published a study that looked at complaints made by people with hearing loss and their loved ones. They found that spouses in particular were negatively affected.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Venessa Vas, lead author of the study, is quoted as saying “We found that hearing loss impacted people’s social relationships in all facets of their life. Oftentimes, both parties became depressed and socially withdrawn.”
Hearing Aids Can Improve Communication
Hearing aids make it easier to understand speech and sound. They can help you feel confident in your ability to communicate with others again. They also reduce the burden placed on your loved ones to frequently repeat themselves or translate conversations for you.
With hearing aids, you can:
- Reduce miscommunication and ease tension with loved ones
- Improve the quality of conversations you have with others
- Enjoy social outings like date night with your partner at Wildfire
- Feel more connected to those around you
Be on the Lookout for Early Signs
Hearing loss, especially if age-related, is gradual. Oftentimes people experiencing it don’t even realize it’s a problem for several years. The earlier hearing loss is detected and treated, the better. If you have noticed any of these early signs, make an appointment for a hearing test as soon as possible.
- Family or friends comment on your hearing.
- People seem to mumble, or you need them to repeat themselves frequently.
- You have trouble following conversations in groups, especially if there’s background noise.
- Telephone conversations are difficult to follow.
- Others comment on how loud the volume is when you listen to the TV or music.
For additional information or to book an appointment with a hearing specialist, contact Hill Country Audiology today.