Relationships And How Hearing Loss Can Impact Them

The Impact of Hearing Loss on Relationships.

At Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ we realize that hearing loss does not occur in a vacuum. It affects not only the person with hearing loss, but all of those surrounding him or her. Studies show that untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with family and friends and particularly with those closest to us, i.e. our romantic partners.

Over 48 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss. The problem is that only 1 out of 4 people who need them actually wear hearing aids. That means 75 percent of those with hearing loss are putting their relationships at risk. And the research bears that out: A 2009 British study revealed that out of 1,500 people with hearing loss surveyed, 44 percent reported that their hearing loss had caused relationships with their partner, friends or family to suffer. And 34 percent reported that the breakdown in communication had actually brought about loss of relationships, including marriages.

Day to day communication among couples, whether about important matters or those that seem trivial, are the cornerstone of a healthy relationship. Hearing loss can cause those small but important reflections and events, seemingly insignificant at first, to be lost. When communication breaks down, frustration follows. That frustration can lead to resentment, which leads to further breakdown in communication and intimacy. According to a 2007 survey published in the ASHA Leader, 35 percent of participants reported that out of all of their relationships, the one with their significant other suffered the most. A spouse quite often thinks that his or her partner is just not listening when in fact he or she actually has a treatable hearing loss.

Hearing loss can cause a number of negative effects and emotions between partners including:

  • Frustration
  • Resentment
  • Loneliness
  • Fewer social activities and withdrawal from social interaction
  • Decrease in intimate talk, joking with family
  • Decrease in shared activities
  • Loss of companionship

If you are experiencing communication issues due to hearing loss, don’t wait to seek treatment. Call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™  today at 772-286-4327 and schedule your FREE comprehensive hearing screening with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist

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