How Hearing Aids Improve Your Relationships
Good communication is the key to a healthy relationship. But what happens if your ability to hear and communicate changes?
Hearing loss can be frustrating for you to live with, but it can also have a big impact on the people around you. Humans are social beings and maintaining good relationships with our friends, family and co-workers is important.
Choose to stay connected
We know choosing your first hearing aid can be daunting and perhaps you’ve been delaying taking this step. Maybe your friends and family have been telling you to get your hearing tested. Maybe you’ve been feeling irritated when you can’t hear conversations clearly and accusing them of mumbling. This can lead to strained relationships.
Hearing aids can greatly improve your quality of life, happiness and social participation. Accepting your family’s concerns and getting tested for hearing loss is the first step. It means you’ve made the positive decision to keep up with your relationships. Your family and friends will feel reassured that you are getting treatment and this in itself can already improve your relationships with them. You can move forward knowing that you have their support.
Reduced stress levels
Simply, hearing aids help you to hear better. When you have untreated hearing loss, straining to hear all day can be stressful and exhausting. This can lead to tension in your relationships.
Hearing aids take the stress and effort out of listening. This frees up your brain to focus on other things and improves your memory and concentration. It means you’re less likely to get into arguments with loved ones about what you can or can’t hear. You can enjoy conversations without getting flustered and your confidence will return.
Better hearing means better communication, and that means better relationships. Romantic relationships are tough enough without the added stress of hearing loss. You need to be able to talk things out, hear the other person clearly and give each other support.
When hearing starts to change, we often lose high-pitched sounds first. This means it can be difficult to hear the voices of women and children, often causing isolation in a family situation. A US study in 2007 showed that 48% of people surveyed believed their marriage had suffered because of their partner’s untreated hearing loss.
Hearing aids give you access to a fuller sound spectrum, meaning you’ll be able to hear those high frequencies again. From meaningful conversations with your partner to giggling with your grandkids, you’ll be able to enjoy family time and strengthen those important bonds.
Social gatherings are also important – watching the game with friends, taking part in a church bazaar or networking at a business forum, for example. You shouldn’t miss out on the chance to develop friendships, build your communities or seal the deal.
However, noisy environments can be confusing and tiring for people with hearing loss. As a result, you may withdraw from friends and co-workers and avoid going out to busy social events.
Hearing aids make those noisy situations more bearable. Many hearing aids feature directional microphones, which can zone in on a speaker in noisy surroundings and cancel out background noise. Whether it’s a make-or-break meeting or a reunion with friends, hearing aids will make all the difference in your confidence to participate.
If your hearing loss is having an impact on your social life, think about having a test done. The benefits of hearing aids outweigh any worries you may have. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can get back to enjoying life with your friends and family.
For more information, contact us at Atlanta Hearing Doctor on (404) 252-7528.
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