Hearing loss isn’t just a difficult experience for the person who has it. It can affect partners, children and other loved ones, as well. Research has shown that hearing loss can put a strain on relationships, and leave both partners feeling frustrated, worried or unsure. If someone you love has hearing loss you may be experiencing many of the same feelings.
Let’s look at a few common signs of hearing loss and examine how you can talk to your loved one if you feel like their hearing loss is becoming a problem.
Common Signs Your Loved One Has Hearing Loss
- Frequently asks you or others to repeat themselves when talking
- Difficulty hearing in loud environments
- Complains that everyone is mumbling
- Always has the TV volume up loud
Ways That You Can Help
If you believe your loved one needs help with their hearing loss, here are a few tips for what you can do:
Talk and Listen
Talking openly and honestly about their hearing loss and the ways it’s affecting you and your relationship may help your loved one realize the extent of their problem. Hearing loss is often gradual, and it’s very possible that your loved one did not realize it was having that kind of an impact on other people.
On the other hand, your loved one may be very aware of their hearing loss but feels embarrassed about it. There is a stigma that many people feel about hearing loss, and your loved one might worry that if they have to wear hearing aids, that people will think they are old or less abled. If they express any fears or hesitations, it is important that you listen to them and validate their emotions.
Remind Them of the Benefits of Seeking Help
Don’t just focus on the negatives when talking about hearing loss. Remind them that they potentially have so much to gain from seeking help. Treating their hearing loss can help improve their relationships, make them feel more confident in social and work interactions, and allow them to experience the world more fully. Many people with hearing loss begin to isolate because they are embarrassed or exhausted by their struggles to hear. They may start to avoid meeting up with friends or skip out on their art club meetings at Green Valley Recreation. Remind them that getting help for their hearing loss can mean gaining so much back.
Help Them Schedule a Hearing Test
Offer to help your loved one schedule a hearing test and volunteer to accompany them. Sometimes taking that first step to reach for help can be the hardest. It’s important for your loved one to know they have your support and that you will be there to help them through the process.
For more information or to schedule an evaluation with an audiologist, call Arizona Hearing Specialists today.