How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

In Hearing Health, Hearing Loss by Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Christa N. Smith, Au.D., CCC-A

Do you have a hearing loss? Not only does hearing loss reduce your quality of life and make it difficult to hear all the sounds around you, your hearing loss also affects your family and friends. Communication is key when it comes to building strong relationships with your friends and loved ones, but your hearing loss makes it increasingly difficult to connect with those around you. When you can’t hear what’s been said, you’ll struggle to maintain the relationships that matter the most. Thankfully, treating your hearing loss with a quality pair of hearing aids can help you follow conversations, and reconnect with your loved ones.

Jeopardizing Relationships

Think about all the special the moments you share with your loved ones. Whether it’s those quiet conversations with your partner, celebrating a birthday with your grandchild, or seeing a close friend over a cup of coffee, all these moments include communication. Untreated hearing loss will jeopardize your relationships by making it difficult to connect with family and friends in meaningful ways. You’ll strain to hear conversations, mishear what’s been said, or misinterpret your loved one’s tone of voice. When you’re not able to communicate clearly, the relationships you value will start to slip away.

Hearing Loss Leads to Poor Communication

Daily communication with your loved ones is what gives meaning to your relationships, and whether you’re having a serious conversation about the future or sharing a joke or trivial comment, communication is the cornerstone of all healthy and happy relationships. When you have a hearing loss, you’ll struggle to hear your loved ones, and spend all your energy straining to hear what’s been said. Your loved one may have to repeat themselves several times, and you’ll both get frustrated and upset that you can’t understand what’s been said. This communication breakdown robs you of intimate moments with your family and friends, causing feelings of isolation and loneliness in you and your loved ones. You’ll also experience increased levels of stress, anxiety, or depression.

Hearing Loss Can Lead to Arguments

When you’re living with untreated hearing loss and struggling to communicate effectively, you’ll have more arguments with your spouse, family, and friends. You often mishear what’s been said, and these frequent miscommunications can lead to disagreements, as you may appear rude or disengaged when you fail to understand what your love one has said. This breakdown in communication places a huge strain on your relationships, and you won’t enjoy all the shared jokes, effortless communication, and intimate conversations that made your relationships so successful. Untreated hearing loss may drive a wedge between you and your loved one as you fail to communicate effectively.

Daily Life with Hearing Loss

Living with untreated hearing loss puts a strain on your relationships, but it also takes a toll on you. If you’re living with hearing loss, you’ll experience a lot of negative outcomes, such as:

  • Increased fatigue from straining to hear.
  • Extreme exhaustion by the end of the day.
  • Avoiding social events because you can’t hear what’s been said.
  • Struggling to cope with background noise while trying to hear important speech sounds.
  • Feeling embarrassed when you mishear a question or comment.
  • Loss of intimacy with your friends, family, and spouse.

Treating Hearing Loss

Did you know that approximately 48 million Americans have hearing loss? Unfortunately, many people with hearing loss are in denial about their hearing needs, and 75% of those with hearing loss don’t seek treatment, putting their relationships at risk. You may think you don’t need hearing aids, but if you want to protect your relationships, enjoy time with family and friends, and maintain your independence, you’ll need to find a pair of hearing aids that can help you hear clearly.

Don’t let hearing loss rob you of connections, but find the hearing aids that will help you hear clearly, understand speech even in noisy places, and improve your quality of life. Hearing devices come in all shapes and sizes to match every lifestyle and hearing need, and hearing aids will improve communication, rebuild relationships, and give you a whole new appreciation for the world around you. Don’t let poor communication affect your relationships, and treat your hearing loss today to maintain your closest connections.