Getting your hearing loss treated comes with so many benefits, we couldn’t possibly cover them all here. You’ll be able to watch the latest blockbuster at the movie theater, instead of sticking to anything with subtitles. You’ll be able to take in all the sounds of the stadium and have a conversation with your friends the next time you go to see the Ragin’ Cajuns in action. You’ll be able to get through a day at work without missing a beat at those office meetings or water cooler chats. But did you know that your personal relationships will also improve?
Relationships are based on mutual trust and understanding, shared interests, and everyday displays of affection and appreciation. They are a big part of what makes life so great. So how could your hearing loss mess up any of that? Quite easily, it turns out. And there is research to back that up.
In a 2017 study, British researchers found that partners of older individuals with a hearing loss experienced a significant decline in their quality of life. It’s easy to see why, just think about these scenarios:
Answering the phone
When someone has a hearing loss, they may no longer hear the phone ring. Their wife or husband is left to pick up the slack and answer all the calls that come in; dealing with whoever is on the other end of the line is suddenly completely their responsibility.
Cranking up the volume on the TV to compensate for a hearing loss may make it easier for the person with reduced hearing ability to enjoy a show, but it can be painfully loud for anyone else in the family to watch. And so there goes evenings together enjoying that show you both love so much.
Socializing with friends and family
Hearing loss is notorious for making people feel isolated, alone, and even depressed. When you can’t follow conversations, social events can become stressful. So when those invites come in, someone with a hearing loss is more likely to turn them down, leaving both themselves and their loved one increasingly cut off from friends and family. As time goes on, the joy of socializing together can become a rare occurrence and resentment can grow.
For anyone with a hearing loss, even keeping up with those seemingly insignificant little chats at home can become stressful as they strain to hear what’s being said. Whether it’s an update about the kids or a few affectionate words or friendly jokes, a hearing loss can get in the way of these small but meaningful moments and that puts a strain on a relationship.
Hearing loss gradually chips away at what keeps us connected with our loved ones. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
At Selective Hearing, our Audiologist in Louisiana, Dr. Ashley Thom, is here to get your hearing health back on track. When you come in to see Ashley at either our Lafayette or Crowley office, she’ll sit you down for a chat about your hearing health, before giving you a comprehensive and completely painless hearing evaluation. With those results in hand, you’ll be able to get the treatment you need at Selective Hearing so you can hear better and ultimately enjoy happier relationships. All you need to do is call 337-291-9939 to book an appointment with Ashley, or get in touch online here.
An Abbeville, Louisiana native, Dr. Thom realized her love for speech, language, and hearing while taking a speech pathology class her junior year at LSU. After completing a bachelor of arts in communications disorders, that love persisted, and Dr. Thom graduated in 2011 with a clinical doctorate in audiology from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Thom continues to make sounds and language more accessible to her patients and likes to learn about their unique hearing and communication needs. An active member of the Louisiana Academy of Audiology, she has been serving as a board member for two years, and was the 2016-17 President of LAA.