How Treating Hearing Loss Improves Your Relationships

Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A Hearing Health, Hearing Loss

Jeff Baller, Au.D., CCC-A

Hearing loss strains communication which is integral to how we navigate our environment. Difficulties with communication take a toll on various aspects of life including relationships. Stress from hearing loss especially affects the relationships with people closest to us. The breakdown of day-to-day communication can create tension, frustration, and distance between you and your loved ones. Fortunately, treating hearing loss not only transforms hearing health but also has countless benefits that improve the overall quality of life. This includes alleviating the symptoms associated with hearing loss which strengthens communication. Greater capacity to hear and communicate effectively significantly improves your relationships!

Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss 

Hearing loss reduces a person’s ability to absorb and process sound which produces a range of symptoms that makes conversations difficult to navigate. This includes: 

  • Tinnitus: a buzzing or ringing like noise in the ears 
  • Words are slurred or muffled and challenging to distinguish 
  • Needing to increase the volume on electronic devices 
  • Frequently asking others to speak louder, slower, and/or repeat themselves 
  • Difficulty hearing in environments with background noise 

These symptoms can be experienced mildly to profoundly, impacting the capacity to understand and move through conversations. People with untreated hearing loss may use various strategies like lip reading, pretending to hear, or moving to a quieter space to better participate in a conversation. This additional effort requires greater energy which can be exhausting and lead to social withdrawal. Retreating from conversations and communicating with others is a common effect of untreated hearing loss. People can avoid social interactions, gatherings, and activities due to the barriers of strained communication. 

This can also look like keeping conversations as simple as possible which impacts the ability to engage in consistent communication with others. This is particularly impactful on relationships which require healthy and effective communication. Loved ones can feel ignored or not listened to, contributing to frustration and tension. This chips away at the intimacy and sense of closeness shared between people which are important ways we nurture our relationships. Treating hearing loss effectively addresses this by drastically improving hearing health.

How Hearing Aids Improve Relationships

Addressing hearing loss offers numerous benefits to health and wellness including strengthening relationships. The most common way impaired hearing is treated is with hearing aids. These are small, electronic devices that are designed to absorb, amplify, and process sound which provides the auditory system with ample support. This alleviates the symptoms that strain communication and removes the barriers people previously experienced while having conversations. With this critical support, people are better able to hear and communicate effectively. This enriches social life, boosts confidence, supports people navigating independently, and enhances relationships. 

Hearing aids help people spend quality time with others without the stress of symptoms. People can better express themselves, hear others, and be present during conversations. This helps people feel more like themselves and encourages them to re-engage with their loved ones. Being able to move through conversations with greater ease and control profoundly contributes to happiness which also nurtures healthy relationships.    

Prioritize Your Hearing Health Today

Untreated hearing loss also tends to create conflict in relationships. Those closest to you can feel frustrated by a denial of how hearing loss impacts you (and those around you) and delaying treatment which can also worsen impairment. So taking the steps to treat hearing loss resolves this conflict and puts you on a path towards enhanced hearing health!

You can take the first step today which is simple: make an appointment to have your hearing tested.  Hearing tests involve a noninvasive and painless process that measures your hearing capacity in both ears. This identifies any impairment, degree, and specific type of hearing loss that you could be experiencing. Once your hearing needs are established, your hearing healthcare provider is able to make effective recommendations to meet those needs. Hearing aids are the most common treatment which provides comprehensive hearing support. Similar to most electronic devices today, hearing aids have experienced significant innovation in recent years. There is a wide range of options with various technologies, features, and settings designed to maximize hearing and sound quality as well as allow the device to easily integrate into daily life. This advanced technology supports greater connectivity as you move through daily life!