We are now in an age of constant communication. It’s easier to talk to your relatives and friends across the globe than ever before. We connect to people and the world around us with video chats, texts, jokes, conversations over dinner parties, short chats when we run into one another at the supermarket, and so on. The foundation of any healthy relationship is good communication whether abroad or at home
Relationships become strained when there is a breakdown in communication. For those who experience untreated hearing loss, this can become a huge problem. What happens to your relationships when communication becomes difficult, if not impossible?
Difficulty with Speech Recognition
As our hearing abilities change, the telltale signs include difficulty hearing and comprehending speech. We may mishear or misunderstand certain words, and as such, we’ll ask people to repeat themselves. Conversations that involve multiple speakers may be difficult, because hearing loss interferes with our ability to discern between multiple voices speaking at the same time. People with hearing loss will also struggle to hear in particularly challenging noise situations, such as big parties or busy restaurants. Because speech and communication are a fundamental part of our daily lives, it is important to restore speech recognition for people with hearing loss.
If You Suspect You Have a Hearing Loss
Hearing loss often occurs gradually, making it difficult to pinpoint right away that there is a problem. There are common signs of hearing loss, which should indicate that it is time to take a hearing test.
Hearing tests access your current hearing abilities. If a hearing loss is present, we will recommend a course of treatment – most commonly the prescription of hearing aids.
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to other issues, such as an increased risk of dementia, falls, and hospitalizations. In terms of relationships, untreated hearing loss also greatly affects a person’s social life, with increased stress, anxiety, and depression, which leads to isolation and loneliness. By treating hearing loss with hearing aids, people are able to re-connect and engage socially as they once did before.
Any relationship will break down without communication. Talking about emotions, ideas, desires and beliefs sustains the connection between two people, and if this exchange begins to disappear, the relationship itself may have trouble standing. Fortunately, treatment with hearing aids can improve so many aspects of a relationship strained by hearing loss.
- More Intimacy -Untreated hearing loss can result in an unwelcome loss of intimacy, along with the loss of those special moments, and a lonely distance may begin to form.
- Increased Independence -When one increasingly relies on the other because of untreated hearing loss, the situation can be frustrating to both people involved. The one with hearing loss may begin to lose self-confidence and withdraw from potentially noisy situations rather than have to rely on another person.
- More Activities to Do Together- Along with a feeling of independence, hearing aids can restore a sense of spontaneity and fun to a relationship, by opening up a world of activities that had previously been a source of frustration and anxiety.
- Fewer Arguments -Not being able to decide on the right volume for watching television may sound like a trivial argument, but these kinds of small disagreements that fail to resolve themselves can wear on any relationship over time.
- More Sensitivity to Your Partner’s Needs– From answering the door, to getting the dinner out of the oven when the timer rings, there are hundreds of small ways people in relationships can make each other’s day-to-day lives easier.
How Hearing Aids Help with Your Relationships
For those who experience hearing loss, the prescription of hearing aids changes the way we hear the world. People tend to wait an average of seven years from the time they first experience hearing loss to the time they decide to take a hearing test. After a hearing test, your hearing specialist will recommend a series of options based on your lifestyle and hearing needs.
If you believe you’ve experienced changes in your hearing – or if you believe your loved one may be experiencing hearing loss – it is important to schedule a hearing test. Contact us at Focus Hearing today – to ensure the best for your relationships!