How Hearing Loss Interferes with Your Relationships

How Hearing Loss Interferes with Your Relationships

In Family and Relationships by Dr. Chris Lawson

Dr. Chris Lawson

Chris Lawson’s credentials include a Doctorate in Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Maryland in College Park, and a B.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. His graduate clinical training included rotations at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), public schools, and private practice settings.
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One of the major health problems that are affecting people of different ages is hearing loss. This is because of the environments that we are living in and the types of activities that we do in our daily lives.

Today hearing loss is not only a menace to the older adults but also to the young generation that loves football and many other sports as well as clubbing and listening to music. It is these everyday activities that compromise our hearing health. It is good to have medical check-ups and treat any hearing loss that you are suffering from. This is because failure to treating the condition affects your life. This article describes how hearing loss affects your relationships.

Understanding the Effects of Hearing Loss on Relationships

  1. Poor Communication

Relationships become stronger as a result of improved and better communication between involved parties. When there is no communication or communication is reduced, the relationship is affected. Many couples have ended up their relationships because of poor communication. One of the factors that influence communication is hearing loss. It is, therefore, good to protect your relationship by treating your hearing loss. Do not wait until your problem worsens to total deafness, which will make you harder to relate with your partner.

  1. Poor Decision Making

When communication is poor, definitely it will interfere with your way of decision making. Also, untreated hearing loss affects your brain and how it functions. You might end up developing mental and emotional conditions like dementia, stress, and depression, as well as Alzheimer’s syndrome. All these conditions affect your brain, and you will not be able to make rational decisions. You could be a father or head of your family that people depend on. If you live hearing loss untreated, it will affect your position in society. If you are a leader, you will no longer have that respect and value that you had at first, because you cannot make rational decisions.

  1. Straining Your Partners

When you suffer from hearing loss and leave it untreated, you will not be the same person you were at first. Your partners will have to strain to offer you support and make you feel wanted and not isolated. Many people are not always patient, serving a person with a particular disability; they will get tired easily. They will then keep off you, and this will be the beginning of the breakdown of your relationship with your allies. Only a few relatives will remain close to you because they feel like they own you.

  1. Isolation from Others

One of the significant effects of the hearing loss on relationships is isolating oneself from others. You will be comfortable engaging in social activities because you feel like you are the odd one out. Most of the time, you will also be having an ego and thinking that people are talking ill of you because of your condition. This will later make you stay far from your loved ones and friends as well, and it will lead to the development of cognitive and mental illnesses. Why should you let the condition reach this far and affect your relationships? Treat hearing loss and keep your relationships strong and healthy.

  1. Marriage and Romantic Relationships

Untreated hearing loss can lead to divorces among married couples. This is because one partner will feel like the other partner is burdening or straining the other. Even though couples may have vowed to live with each other forever, but when the hearing challenge happens, it becomes difficult to communicate and interact. One partner might end up sad and sometimes angry. This might lead to misunderstanding, and domestic violence can also set it. You should not let your marriage reach this far. Honor your marriage today by treating any hearing problem.

Seeking Treatment

These are some of the effects of untreated hearing loss on relationships. If you are having any health problem, visit a hearing specialist before the condition becomes serious. Not only will the condition affect your relationship if left untreated, but it also will affect your economic life, psychological health, and your general well-being. Take care of your hearing health because it is a vital sense of your body.