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Have you had a bad day at work and want some support? Maybe you’ve had a great day and want to share that excitement with your loved one. When you think about spending time with your loved one, either on a good day or a bad day, you imagine clear communication, and want to be able to talk through the things that are happening in your lives. If you have hearing loss, it becomes increasingly difficult to communicate, you struggle to express yourself, and you can’t quite hear what your loved one is sharing. With untreated hearing loss your relationships will suffer, and your relationship with your spouse will be hit the hardest.
Your Relationship Needs Daily Communication
All successful relationships are built upon a foundation of good communication. Whether you’ve had a great day or a terrible day, the way you communicate with your loved one is what matters. Think back to the early years of your relationship, and remember the magic of sharing special moments together, the whispered words, and the inside jokes you shared. A strong relationship requires daily communication, and both people in the relationship need to spend time talking and listening.
Communication is sometimes easy and sometimes a lot of work, but daily communication the glue that holds your relationship together. It’s what brings joy to the happiest moments of your life, and it’s the life raft that keeps you afloat during hard times in life.
Hearing Loss Leads to a Breakdown in Communication
When you have untreated hearing loss, you’re not able to communicate like you used to. It may seem like the daily communications are trivial, but when you can’t have intimate conversations, share the little things that happen in your life, or stop enjoying hobbies and activities together, your relationship begins to weaken. Both listening and talking are important to a strong relationship, and if you have hearing loss, it’s hard on both you and your partner.
A 2009 study in the UK conducted a survey, asking 1,500 people with hearing loss about their experiences with hearing loss and communication. Researchers found that 44% of those with hearing loss were convinced that hearing loss had a negative impact on their closest relationships, and 34% believed their hearing loss caused irreparable communication difficulties and led to the loss of relationships and even marriages.
Negative Effects of Hearing Loss
When communication breaks down, both you and your partner will feel frustrated, and may experience loneliness, anxiety, or depression. A loss of companionship will make you resent each other, and miscommunication can lead to fights and unnecessary discord. With hearing loss and difficulty following conversations, you won’t share as much with your partner, and communicate far less than you used to. You may want to share something with your spouse, but decide to say nothing at all rather than risk getting into a yelling match over a story you wanted to share. You won’t enjoy activities together, and may not even watch TV together, since you can’t agree on a volume that you can both hear.
Hearing Devices Restore Communication
Don’t worry, your relationship isn’t doomed! Treating your hearing loss with hearing devices can give you back your ability to hear clearly, and you’ll restore clear communication with your spouse. Hearing aids can preserve intimacy, and give you back the companionship you’ve been missing. Don’t let communication deteriorate, but watch for the signs of hearing loss, and treat your hearing loss to save your relationships. Not only will you improve your quality of life, you’ll be doing the right thing for your well-being and for your loved one.
If your relationship is suffering, the best thing you can do is restore clear communication, and get back to enjoying the little things rather than getting hung up on all the things you can’t hear. Have long conversations, go for a walk and don’t worry about all the wind noise, and enjoy social events again without being worried that you can’t hear. Look forward to all the things you can do together, and schedule a hearing test to find out exactly what sounds you’re missing. Then, find the hearing aids that will work for your level of hearing loss and hearing needs, and improve your relationships.