If you have been finding it harder to hear, the thought of getting a hearing aid may be one you’re avoiding. But have you really thought about the extent to which your hearing loss affects those around you? You might be surprised to learn how much it could be affecting your relationship. Here at Clarity Hearing, our Audiologists often see patients finding a new lease on life for their relationship after being fitted with a hearing aid.
The facts about hearing loss and relationships
Communication is an essential part of a good relationship and if you can’t communicate properly, it can cause the relationship to break down. People who have had a hearing loss all their lives have learned to work around it to communicate with their loved ones, but if hearing loss is new to you, there is a good chance that you aren’t communicating as well as you could.
It’s easy for tensions to run high when one person in a relationship has an untreated hearing loss. If you have to shout to make yourself heard, it naturally leads to feelings of stress and anger. On the other side, when you can’t hear a conversation properly, it can be frustrating and even embarrassing. You don’t want to keep asking people to repeat themselves. You miss important information, which can cause arguments when you don’t do something that’s been asked of you because you didn’t hear the request properly.
Some figures to make things clearer
Did you know that only one in four Americans with a hearing loss take action and get treatment? That leaves three-quarters of people putting their relationships in danger, often because of their pride or stubbornness. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, almost 25% of people ages 65-74 have a hearing loss. Of those 75 years old and older, 50% experience a hearing loss. That’s a lot of people. While we are living longer than ever before and remaining more active into our later years, we don’t always give ourselves the best chance at making the most of those years.
A simple hearing aid can save a lot of stress
If you have a hearing loss, take a moment and think about how much easier your life would be if you could hear properly again. Fewer arguments, joy in shared activities once again, better one-on-one conversations. Well it’s not a difficult thing to achieve. A hearing aid can help you to communicate efficiently once more and could be the key to saving your relationship.
Hearing aids are much more advanced than they used to be and there are lots of different models, with something to suit every budget. Most hearing aids are now barely seen while they’re being worn, so if you are apprehensive about people noticing that you need a hearing aid, that needn’t be a problem.
Let us help you improve your relationship
Just the act of coming to us for a hearing test with our Audiologist in Houston, Texas will show your other half that you are serious about treating your hearing loss. We can assess your hearing and talk you through the options available. Book a hearing test with us here at Clarity Hearing, and begin your journey to a happier relationship.
Scott Marquardt is the owner of Clarity Hearing and a highly skilled audiologist who has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Marquardt earned a master’s degree in audiology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and a doctorate from A.T. Still University. He is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He and the team offer comprehensive hearing healthcare services and specialize in the care of tinnitus, imbalance, and auditory processing disorders.