Hearing loss can affect daily life by making everyday activities more challenging including spending time with loved ones. Having conversations, watching television, sharing meals and other ways we enjoy spending time with others can be difficult with hearing loss. Impaired hearing reduces a person’s ability to process sound which can significantly strain communication.
Effective communication is the basis for healthy relationships and is a major way we understand and navigate the world. When communication becomes difficult and unclear, it can take a toll on relationships. So, it is critical to pay attention to symptoms and to intervene as soon as you notice any changes to hearing health.
Treating hearing loss not only improves hearing but it also strengthens relationships, enhancing your quality of life!
There is a range of symptoms that can be experienced from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:
- Tinnitus: a buzzing, ringing, or clicking like noise in one or both ears
- Increasing the volume on devices (television, phone, speaker etc.)
- Frequently asking others to speak loudly, slowly, and/or repeat themselves
- Noise is muffled or slurred making sounds unclear and words indistinguishable
- Difficulty understanding in environments with background noise
These symptoms make it difficult to engage in conversation. People with hearing loss may defer to reading mouths to try and identify words, ask to move to a quieter space, and have a difficult time following entire conversations.
This can lead to missing important information, not fully grasping what is being communicated, and feeling left out. Others may also perceive you as not being completely present or seeming distracted while you are trying to actually hear.
This strained communication can deeply affect people with hearing loss as well as their relationships.
Impact of Hearing Loss on Relationships
The constant experience of these symptoms and their collective toll on communication often leads to:
- Social Withdrawal: conversations can feel like far too much work, uncomfortable, and stressful. This can cause people with hearing loss to avoid engaging with others. People may avoid social settings, activities, and environments that require interaction. Social withdrawal results in spending less time with family, friends, and participating in the hobbies that provided energy and joy. Less quality time with others and strained communication during times you may interact with people can really impact relationships. Isolation can create distance and tension between people.
- Health Decline: strained communication and social withdrawal can contribute to anxiety, depression, and loneliness which impact mental health. Retreating from community and support systems can perpetuate these feelings. Additionally, untreated hearing loss can contribute to the development of other medical conditions. People with hearing loss are more likely to experience cognitive decline, personal injuries; impacting physical health.
These effects of hearing loss shape how you feel, interact with others, and manage daily life. Not being able to fully connect with the people in your life and spend quality time that nurtures relationships hinders overall wellness. To prevent or address these realities, it is crucial to treat hearing loss.
Benefits of Treatment
Addressing hearing loss is simple and painless! Commit to the first step by scheduling an appointment for a hearing test. Facilitated by a hearing healthcare specialist, hearing tests measure hearing ability in both ears. This identifies any impairment and the degree of hearing loss you may be experiencing.
Luckily, there are several useful ways hearing loss is effectively treated. The most common treatment is hearing aids which are electronic devices that help process sound. Like most electronics today, hearing aids have benefitted from much innovation over the years.
There is a range of options that have various features and technologies that allow hearing aids to easily integrate into your daily life and in all environments. Not only does this improve your hearing and health, but it strengthens relationships by:
- Alleviating symptoms which removes barriers and allows you to engage in conversation much more easily
- Maximizing your hearing and supporting you participate in conversations and activities more fully
This strengthens the time you spend with others which cultivates greater connection and intimacy. Treating hearing loss and prioritizing your hearing health improves all aspects of your life! Contact us today to schedule a consultation.