Communication failures are among the most significant contributors to damaged relationships. Relationship damage stems from a variety of different sources related to hearing loss, all of which have a remedy. Restoring failed relationships for those with a hearing loss is part of what drives my passion as an audiologist. Getting help for a hearing loss reaches beyond the simple physiological function, impacting your independence, your quality of life, and your relationships. As a means of encouragement, here is a list of relationship issues related to hearing loss, and how seeking help improves them.
Decrease in Communication Failures
Those who struggle to hear and communicate search for ways to isolate themselves from friends, family, and social gatherings. Misunderstood as rejection, they compound communication failures through frustration among loved ones while increasing low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety in the one who has a hearing loss. Getting treatment for a hearing loss allows you to reintegrate with family and friends, putting an end to frustrations and isolation for better communication.
Reduce Dependence on Others
A significant contributor to communication issues and frustrations for both the sufferer and their loved ones relates to dependence. Regular assistance from family and friends is necessary when a person is unable to understand important information or directions. This constant commitment creates a burden on others, causing the person living with hearing loss to feel broken and ashamed of their continued imposition. Getting help allows you to eliminate the need for others to tend to your communication needs, contributing to greater independence for you and reducing the stress and frustration of loved ones.
No More Shouting
Shouting at others is a significant cause of strained relationships. However, when the volume of the television, radio, or other electronic devices produces pain in others, their frustration sets in and they shout. Shouting is unpleasant for both the shouter and the one who hears it, adding to a strained relationship. Getting help for a hearing loss allows you and those closest to you to enjoy television, radio, and other devices at volume levels tolerable to both, eliminating the need to shout.
“What’d You Say?”
Asking someone to repeat themselves often is annoying. Not only does it interrupt the flow of normal conversation, but it also makes the speaker feel like what they have to say is unimportant. These frustrations on both sides often cause both parties to give up and clam up with one or the other snapping and then leaving the room. Getting help with a hearing loss reduces your need to ask, “What’d you say?” This makes conversations more comfortable for everyone.
Hearing Aid Misconceptions
Hearing aid misconceptions contribute to the failure to seek treatment. The stigma often attached to the wearing of hearing aids often leads to self-worth issues and a refusal to seek help. In reality, innovations in digital technology and material engineering have allowed hearing aid manufacturers to produce units that are smaller, lighter in weight, and nearly invisible. This means that they can provide you with the help you need without making you feel self-conscious.
Your relationships, your independence, and your quality of life are essential to me. By getting help for your hearing loss, I can help you to eliminate frustrations with communication and to heal the damage to your relationships. My team and I at Berkeley Hearing Center have the experience and expertise combined with our genuine concern for your well-being to provide you with excellent hearing healthcare. Contact us for more information about the hearing healthcare treatment options available from Berkeley Hearing Center, or request a callback to set up an appointment today.