February 26, 2024

How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

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What’s your favorite activity to do with your significant other or spouse? Do you enjoy getting coffee together at the local cafe, or going to a new art gallery or museum? Maybe you like getting outside, and enjoy walks in the woods or even a small hike. Perhaps you can’t wait to get home at the end of the day to spend time at home watching your favorite show together. Now imagine doing this pastime without being able to communicate with your loved one. When you have untreated hearing loss, each day can become difficult, and you miss out on the thing that makes all these little moments so special. Treating your hearing loss is the best thing you can do to improve your relationships, and make the most of every day.

Communication is Key

When you’re not able to communicate with your significant other, you risk damaging the most important relationship in your life. When you can’t share even the great moments, what will you do on a bad day? Imagine receiving some bad news about your loved one’s health, or having a rough day at work. You want to be there to support your spouse, or need some support after an exhausting day. Without clear communication, you won’t be able to support each other through difficult times, or celebrate all the small moments of intimacy and connection. Communication is the key to a successful relationship as you’re able to help each other through difficult moments and increase happiness at joyful moments.

Hearing Loss and Relationships

Communication between you and your loved one can have ups and downs, and that’s normal, but hearing should be effortless. When you have a hearing loss, daily communication will break down, and not only will this affect your life in profound ways, it will damage your relationships, especially with your significant other, and decrease intimacy. Living with hearing loss will damage this close bond and hurt both you and your partner.

A recent study in the UK surveyed 1,500 people with hearing loss, asking them questions about how their hearing loss impacted their lives. 44% said their hearing loss was impacting their relationships with their spouse, family, and friends! Additionally, 34% of people surveyed felt that their untreated hearing loss had contributed to poor communication, and they experienced a loss of relationships, and in some cases, even their marriage.

The Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss might not seem like a big deal, but if you’re not hearing clearly, you’ll soon realize just how impactful hearing loss can be. As your hearing loss worsens and communication breaks down, you’ll experience a lot of negative outcomes such as:

  • Feeling very isolated and alone
  • Feeling frustrated that you can’t communicate easily
  • Feeling a loss of close companionship
  • Withdrawing from social activities where your hearing loss holds you back
  • Feeling a lack of intimacy
  • Struggling with daily communication, and a decrease in communication

Hearing Aids That Work for Your Life

Did you know that 48 million Americans have hearing loss? If you ever feel like you’re the only one struggling to hear, know that you’re not alone. If you treat your hearing loss, you’ll be able to communicate clearly with your spouse and your loved ones. Both you and your partner will benefit when you treat your hearing loss, and you’ll be able to share all the inside jokes you love, improve intimacy, and enjoy companionship with your significant other. If you’ve been having trouble communicating, and struggle to follow conversations, whether at home or during the activities you love, explore your treatment options, and strengthen your relationships before it’s too late.

Finding the hearing aids that work for your life will improve your communication and restore your relationship with your significant other. Along with daily communication, you’ll share stories, intimate moments, and jokes, and get back to making positive memories with your loved one. You’ll also be able to talk through issues and resolve any conflicts before they get out of hand. Treating hearing loss improves your relationships, and with a quality pair of hearing devices you’ll be able to hear every word, invest in the relationship that means the most, and improve your quality of life.

Dr. Teague earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Hearing, Speech and Language from Ohio University and his Doctoral Degree in Audiology from The University of Louisville. He is an active member of the American Academy of Audiology and the Ohio Board of Audiology.

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