If you experience hearing loss, it doesn’t just affect you and your life. It also has a negative effect on your relationships and the people you love. Studies have shown that this is particularly true for spouses and romantic partners.
Healthy Communication is Key
Daily communication, whether it’s an important topic or seemingly insignificant, is an important piece of any successful relationship. Hearing loss breaks down this intimacy and can cause these interactions to be lost. This can create feelings of frustration, resentment and loneliness for both partners. Because hearing loss is gradual, many couples don’t recognize its impact until it’s dramatically affecting their relationship.
How to Address Hearing Loss
If your spouse or romantic partner has hearing loss, the best thing you can do is help them address it and get help. However, talking about hearing loss can be emotional or overwhelming for many people. Here are some tips to best approach the subject with your loved one:
Find the Right Time: You want to find a time that your spouse will be most open to the conversation. Because hearing loss can be quite exhausting, it’s better to attempt this earlier in the day and/or on a day when they haven’t been busy with work or other obligations.
Create the Optimal Environment: Be sure to find a quiet, well-lit location without distractions or background noise.
Stick to the Facts: Hearing loss can be emotional, so stick to facts. Address specific instances where their hearing loss obviously affected a daily activity or conversation. Make sure your points are phrased as observations rather than accusations.
Don’t Pressure: Your loved one may not be ready to address their hearing loss. Pressure from you may push them further into denial. Let them know you’re there to help and are willing to give them time to process this change.
If your loved one is ready to take action on their hearing loss, schedule your free hearing test at any Miracle-Ear location today.
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