Puretone Hearing Aid Center - Longview, Marshall, and San Antonio, TX

Woman and man cuddling on a park bench after getting hearing aids to improve their relationship.

You care deeply about your loved ones and want to do something to show them? Listen to your loved ones, truly listen. That calls for, of course, the ability to hear.

Research shows one out of three adults between the ages of 65 and 74 is enduring hearing loss and millions would benefit from using a hearing aid. Sadly, only about 30% of these individuals actually use their hearing aids.

Diminishing hearing, depression, higher instances of dementia, and strained relationships are some consequences of this inaction. Many individuals coping with hearing loss just suffer in silence.

But it’s almost springtime. It’s a time for emerging leaves, flowers, fresh starts, and growing together. Isn’t it time to renew your relationship by speaking openly about hearing loss?

Having “The Talk” is Necessary

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is 2.4 times more likely in individuals who have untreated hearing loss according to many studies. A cascade effect that ultimately affects the entire brain can be triggered when there’s reduced activity in the region of your brain used for hearing. Doctors call this brain atrophy. It’s an example of the “use it or lose it” principle at work.

Depression cases amongst individuals with hearing loss are nearly twice that of somebody with normal hearing. Individuals with worsening hearing loss, according to research, frequently experience anxiety and agitation. The person may start to isolate themselves from family and friends. They’re likely to sink deeper into depression as they stop engaging in activities once loved.

This, in turn, can result in strained relationships amongst spouses, but also between parent and child, close friends, and other people in this individual’s life.

Solving The Puzzle

Your loved one may not be ready to tell you that they are experiencing hearing loss. Fear or shame might be a problem for them. Perhaps they’re going through denial. In order to determine when will be the best time to have this conversation, some detective work might be necessary.

Since you are unable to hear what your spouse or parent hears, you’ll have to use external cues, like:

  • Irritation or anxiety in social situations that you haven’t previously observed
  • Frequent misunderstandings
  • Complaining about ringing, humming, static, or other sounds that you don’t hear
  • Avoiding conversations
  • Not hearing vital sounds, like the doorbell, washer buzzer, or someone calling their name
  • Staying away from busy places
  • Watching TV with the volume exceedingly high
  • School, hobbies, and work are suddenly becoming more difficult

Look for these common signs and plan on having a heart-to-heart conversation with your loved one.

How to Talk About Hearing Loss

Having this discussion may not be easy. A spouse in denial might brush it off or become defensive. That’s why it’s important to approach hearing loss correctly. The steps will be the basically same even though you may need to modify your language based on your individual relationship.

Step 1: Let them know that you love them unconditionally and appreciate your relationship.

Step 2: Their health is important to you and you’re worried. You’ve gone over the studies. You know that untreated hearing loss can lead to an elevated chance of depression and dementia. You don’t want your loved one to deal with that.

Step 3: Your own health and safety are also a concern. Your hearing can be harmed by overly loud volumes on the TV and other devices. Relationships can also be impacted by the anxiety loud sounds can cause, according to some studies. If somebody has broken into your house, or you call out for help, your loved one may not hear you.

Emotion is an essential part of robust communication. Simply listing facts won’t be as impactful as painting an emotional picture of the possible repercussions.

Step 4: Come to an agreement that it’s time for a hearing exam. After deciding, make the appointment immediately. Don’t procrastinate.

Step 5: Be ready for your loved ones to have some objections. At any point in the process, they may have these objections. This is somebody you know well. What problems will they find? Money? Time? Do they not acknowledge a problem? Are they considering trying home remedies? You understand “natural hearing loss cures” don’t actually work and could do more harm than good.

Be prepared with your answers. Perhaps you practice them beforehand. They don’t have to be those listed above word-for-word, but they should answer your loved one’s doubts.

Grow Your Relationship

If your significant other is reluctant to talk, it can be a difficult situation. But by having this talk, you’ll grow closer and get your loved one the help they need to live a longer, healthier, more satisfying life. Growing together – isn’t that what love is all about?

Call Today to Set Up an Appointment




References

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/hearing-loss-common-problem-older-adults
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-hearing#:~:text=About%2028.8%20million%20U.S.%20adults%20could%20benefit%20from%20using%20hearing%20aids.
https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-hidden-risks-of-hearing-loss
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5403920/
https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/news/2014/nidcd-researchers-find-strong-link-between-hearing-loss-and-depression-adults

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.