How Hearing Loss Interferes with Your Relationships

two couples eating lunch together in a home

If one person is experiencing hearing loss in a relationship, it can end up being a source of frustration. Of course, it is nobody’s fault, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. Sometimes everything is going to be just fine, but there are going to be times where hearing loss is going to interfere with your relationship.

In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the ways that this can happen and hopefully helping you to manage this. Keep reading if you would like to find out more.

Decrease quality of communication

One problem that a couple might face is a decrease in the quality of communication. It can be difficult to communicate with someone at the best of times, but if one partner isn’t hearing everything that is being said, this can cause some more frustration.

Or, if you are in an argument with your partner and they are consistently having to repeat themselves, they may feel as though it isn’t worth it to do so and then not bother. The quality of communication here is going to drop massively, and this is going to put a huge strain on your relationship

Communication is essential in any relationship that is going to succeed, so what can you do to fix this? Be patient with each other. The person who doesn’t have hearing loss needs to understand that it can be difficult when you can’t hear everything being said, and the person with hearing loss needs to understand it can be difficult trying to communicate.

Strain on the financials

Another thing that could happen is that there could be a strain financially. All the audiologist appointments, hearing aids potentially, any repairs on devices, more tests and so much more needs to be paid for when you are experiencing hearing loss. Which could be causing problems in your relationship. 

The only thing that you can do here is talk about it. Have an honest discussion about how you are both feeling about how much you are spending, and see where you want to go from there. Come to a decision and then stick to it.

Cause arguments between partners

Finally, hearing loss may end up interfering with your relationship by causing arguments between you. A partner may feel as though they aren’t being listened to when this isn’t the case at all. Or, it may be the case that the hearing loss is undiagnosed and they refuse to seek help for it.

This can be a huge cause of an argument because living with someone who refuses to get help, especially for something so frustrating can be difficult. You both need to make it clear how you’re feeling and where you stand in this situation if you have any hope of coming to a solution.

How can hearing aids help your relationships?

The first step to addressing hearing loss is to schedule a hearing test with your audiologist. This will enable them to determine what level or degree your hearing loss is, as well as what hearing aids would be ideal for your specific needs. Some things your audiologist will consider include:

  • Severity of hearing loss: Some hearing aids are only suitable for mild-or-moderate hearing loss. Your level of hearing loss will help guide you with which devices could be beneficial for your needs.
  • Aesthetic preferences: Some people would prefer to keep their hearing loss more private, necessitating the need for discreet, small devices. Others may be comfortable with any model, as long as it is available in a skin or hair tone. Most devices can be customized to blend in as much – or as little – as the wearer desires.
  • Lifestyle needs: Your hobbies and interests may make certain devices more appealing to you. For individuals looking for easy handling, they may opt for a larger device to combat any dexterity issues.

What hearing aids should you consider?

There are a variety of devices available to you; and your audiologist will walk you through each step to determine which will be most suited to your needs. Common varieties they may recommend include:

  • In the ear (ITE)
  • In the canal (ITC)
  • Behind the ear (BTE)
  • Completely in canal (CIC)
  • Invisible in canal (IIC)

If you would like to find out more about how hearing aids can benefit your hearing loss and relationships, contact Pacific Audiology Clinic at 503-719-4208.