Do you want to show your love? Listen to your loved ones and truly listen. To truly listen, you must be able to hear.
Research shows that one-third of adults aged 65-74 have hearing loss. Millions would be able to benefit from wearing a hearing instrument. Unfortunately, only 30% of these people use their hearing aids.
Neglecting to address your hearing loss can lead to hearing problems, higher dementia rates, depression, and stress in relationships. Many people with hearing loss live in silence.
It’s almost spring. It should be springtime, when we enjoy blossoming flowers and emerging leaves, starting new things, and growing closer with our loved ones. Isn’t this the time to renew your relationships by talking openly about hearing loss
It is necessary to have “The Talk”
Studies show that people with untreated hearing loss are 2.4 times as likely to develop dementia. This includes Alzheimer’s disease. It can cause a cascade effect in your brain that can affect your whole brain. Doctors refer to this as “brain atrophy”. This is the “use it, or lose it” principle at work.
Depression rates in people with hearing loss are nearly twice that of someone with normal hearing. Research shows that people with deteriorating hearing loss often feel anxious and agitated. It is common for people with deteriorating hearing loss to become isolated from their loved ones and friends. As they get deeper into depression, they will likely stop participating in the activities that they used to enjoy.
This isolation can often lead to strained relationships between family members and friends.
The Solution to the Mystery
It is possible that your loved one may not want to tell you about their hearing loss. They may be afraid or embarrassed. They may be hiding something. It may be necessary to conduct some detective work to determine the right time to have a conversation.
You may not be able to determine the severity of your spouse’s hearing loss. Therefore, you might need to rely on these indicators.
- Complaints about static, ringing, humming, or other sounds you don’t hear
- Sudden problems with school, hobbies, and work
- Refrain from engaging in conversation
- Social settings are experiencing new levels of anxiety
- The volume on your TV should be turned up.
- Avoiding busy places
- Noticeable sounds like someone calling their name, a bell, or a warning alarm, are often missed.
- More often, misunderstanding situations
If you notice any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to have a heart-to-heart conversation with your loved one.
The Hearing Loss Talk – Here’s How
It may be difficult to have this conversation. It is possible to get a denial response or a brush-off from your partner. It is important to approach hearing loss with care. Your relationship may require you to modify your language, but the steps are the same.
Step 1: Tell them that you love and respect them.
Step 2: You are concerned about their health. You have done your research. Neglecting to hear properly is associated with a higher risk of depression and dementia. This is not what you want for your loved ones.
Step 3: Your safety and health are also important to you. Excessive volume on the TV or other devices can cause hearing loss. Studies show that high levels of noise can cause anxiety which could impact your relationship. Your loved one might not be able to hear you if someone enters your home or you shout for help.
Strong communication is built on emotion. It’s much more effective to paint an emotional picture than just listing facts.
Step 4: Together, agree to schedule an appointment for a hearing test. Once you have decided, schedule the appointment immediately. Don’t wait.
Step 5: You should be prepared for objections from your loved ones. These objections can arise at any point in the process. This is someone you are familiar with. What are they going to object to? Money? Time? Are they able to see the problem? Are they assuming that they can find home remedies for the problem? They know that “natural hearing loss remedies” are not effective and can cause more harm than good.
You should prepare your counter-replies. You might practice them beforehand. These words don’t necessarily have to be exact, but they should help answer questions from your loved one.
Increase your Relationship
If your loved one doesn’t want to talk about it, talking about hearing loss can be difficult. Talking about hearing loss can help your loved one live a healthy, long life. It will also allow you to grow closer. Isn’t this what love is all for?