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Me & You…& Hearing Loss- The Third Person in Relationships

Thursday, March 9, 2017 9:27:52 AM Australia/Melbourne

Me & You…& Hearing Loss- The Third Person in RelationshipsLet’s be honest, it doesn’t matter how compatible you and your partner may be, there will always be extraneous, third-party factors which can impact it negatively. Sometimes, you don’t even realize that they’re there, until it’s far too late. Whether it’s something as simple and easy to solve as adjusting your schedules to include hobbies that you both like, or something more serious that may require counselling, these issues run the gamut.

 

The commonality with the issues listed above, is that they’re easily voiced and shared so that they can be solved in a timely manner. But new research is showing that varying degrees of hearing loss can be extremely detrimental to romantic relationships as well as friendships and family relationships like those of siblings and parent to child.

 

The British firm Hearing Direct recently published a survey of 1,000 people over the age of 40. Results showed that ongoing deafness can eventually result in marital breakdown- to the point of divorce.

 

According to a survey done by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, up to 25% of those between the ages of 65 to 74 have a disabling hearing loss. More than 50% of those 75 and older suffer from the same. Other surveys will share different numbers, but they all have one thing in common. Just because a statistic shows that a large group is impacted by hearing loss, does not mean that they’re receiving the treatment for it. Just because you have hearing loss, does not mean that you’re doing anything about it.

 

The aforementioned numbers above may mean nothing to our Hearlink blog readers, but the scenarios that we paint certainly should. It starts with situations like grocery shopping, or attending movies at the theater. Communication breakdowns mean that you’re heading home without the sourdough bread that you wanted, and you may have missed crucial parts of that drama’s plot. These are minor league game. It quickly evolves into conversations at dinner parties or conversations over the phone. When “what?” or “I didn’t catch that, can you repeat what you just said,” become more of a norm- it’s time to get yourself to an audiologist.

 

Because it seems like a minor issue, especially if you have bigger fish to fry with your significant other, too many couples sweep this under the rug. Before you know it, your television volume is constantly maxed out and you don’t even notice it anymore.

 

Huffington Post calls hearing loss “…The Silent Killer of Relationships” with a beautiful expose about how one couple saved their marriage with the introduction of hearing aids. Hearlink recommends checking out this article for another angle on what an important element of relationships, your hearing health can be. It’s a reminder that checking your ears isn’t just a benefit for you, it’s a benefit for all of those around you, especially those that you hold most near and dear to your heart.

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