If you have a hearing loss, you could be forgiven for thinking you are the only person affected by it. It’s you who is having trouble hearing. It’s you who has to ask your loved one to repeat themselves. But wait, what about that loved one who has to keep repeating themselves? Doesn’t your hearing loss affect them too? Here at North Houston Hearing Solutions, we often see patients who are amazed by the positive effect treating their hearing loss can have on their relationships.
Communication is key
Communication is an essential part of any relationship. Hearing loss can have a huge impact on effective communication. You mishear things, you have to ask for things to be repeated, you miss things entirely. All these things make you feel frustrated, embarrassed, and, before long, you start to withdraw.
Hearing loss leads to isolation
It’s no fun going out if you know you won’t be able to hear your friends’ jokes, or when the background noise in a restaurant confuses and blocks out conversation. Many people find they go out less and less once their hearing starts to fail, opting instead to stay at home with the TV turned up to max. This puts even more strain on relationships. The person without a hearing loss takes on the role of socializing for both of you, which can be stressful for them. You end up spending more time apart from each other and you can’t even properly discuss the effect it’s having on your relationship.
Hearing aids can help
It takes guts for someone to admit they have a hearing loss, let alone consent to wearing hearing aids. People see it as a mark of getting older. But that kind of thinking can only do more harm. Instead, focus on how hearing aids can bring a new lease of life. No more avoiding social functions, no more strained conversations. You and your other half can enjoy intimate conversations once more.
The advance of hearing aid technology
Hearing aids have made huge advances in technology in recent years and you might be surprised by how small and discreet they are now, as well as by how well they work. They can even connect to a smartphone and stream music directly to your ear! It’s worth taking a look at the latest models and seeing just how advanced they are – you could end up being the envy of your friends! And if you don’t want to tell them, that’s okay too – some models are so small, no-one will even notice you’re wearing them.
We can help you
The first step is to come for a hearing assessment in North Houston, Texas. Here at North Houston Hearing Solutions, we invite you to call 281-444-9800, or schedule a hearing test at our practice, where our highly-skilled Audiologists will treat you with care and respect.
Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 2003, and earned her doctorate of audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA), and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association.