Untreated hearing loss takes a toll on relationships


Untreated hearing loss takes a toll on relationships

Untreated hearing loss does not only affect an individual’s quality of life – it also has an impact on his or her relationships, especially the most important ones. This is because hearing loss affects one’s ability to communicate, and by definition, communication involves a least one other person. While managing hearing loss can be challenging, there are many ways to do it, and harnessing the various hearing loss solutions available to you can improve relationships and, ultimately, your level of happiness and satisfaction with life.

But first, it’s important to understand how untreated hearing loss can impact your relationships:

Untreated hearing loss can impact the whole family

Child/parent relationships

Untreated hearing loss can also affect relationships with children. When kids are small, it could potentially be a dangerous situation if you can’t hear their cries. As children are older and begin talking, it can be difficult to engage and understand them, and young kids might think you don’t care or aren’t interested in what they have to say. Needless to say, this can be emotionally difficult for the entire family. Even with hearing loss solutions, it can still be challenging. For example, as Shanna Groves says in her blog – Lipreading Mom – even with hearing aids, she still must often ask her children to repeat what they said.

Untreated hearing loss can also emotionally impact adult children, especially those who have encouraged their parents to get help.

Romantic relationships

Romantic relationships are dependent upon emotional, verbal and physical connections. For people who are hard of hearing and their significant others, hearing loss can be a barrier to all of these things. In a 2007 article from The ASHA Leader, audiologist and Professor Patricia Chute talked about some of the confusion involved in romantic relationships with hearing loss:

“All too often spouses blame each other’s ability to listen when in fact it is truly a hearing problem that is chipping away at their ability to communicate,” Chute said.

And a survey by Cochlear Americas that same year revealed that the relationship people with hearing loss cited as most likely to suffer was that with their romantic partner – a whopping 35 percent said romantic relationships trumped others in communication difficulties. When asked about their feelings when conversing with someone who appeared not to be listening because of hearing loss, 54 percent of people said they felt frustrated, 32 percent felt annoyed, 23 percent were sad and 18 percent felt ignored.

It’s not hard to imagine that relationships with significant others suffer the most; after all, in today’s busy world of work, volunteer activities and raising children or grandchildren, romantic relationships often thrive on finding brief, spontaneous and meaningful moments to connect emotionally. But these opportunities for connection are often unscripted. However, with untreated hearing loss, romance and spontaneity often have to be removed from the factor as cues are missed and communication must be planned.


Social relationships also suffer with untreated hearing loss. For example, if friends don’t realize you have hearing loss, they may think you are a poor listener or don’t really care about them. For example, if you have a phone call with your best friend and she tells you when everyone is getting together for her birthday celebration, but your hearing loss causes you to hear the wrong time or date, she may think you just didn’t care to show up. She might not call you again, and your feelings may be hurt. This communication mix-up could cause you to withdraw from others in the future, leading to isolation and potentially depression.


Untreated hearing loss can put a strain on work relations, much for the same reasons outlined above: Communication is at the heart of working with colleagues. Even in a work environment where your role is not collaborative, your hearing loss might cause you to miss something important. Luckily, many things are done via email, but work meetings may be especially tough when several people are talking at once. For example, you may miss your boss’s cue to give your input, or you may not be able to participate fully in a meeting when more than one person is talking at a time. Thus, colleagues may think you are ignoring them or are not willing to work hard and contribute.

Untreated hearing loss takes a toll on relationships


Hearing affects everything between your ears


From Oticon People First – BrainHearingTM – Helping the brain make sense of sound.

Untreated hearing loss increases the risk of mental decline.

Did you know that we hear with our brains, not our ears?
Surprising, perhaps, but true. Our ears simply pick up sounds and pass them to the brain. The brain then turns those sounds into meaning.

Hearing loss is a fact of life. Virtually all of us will experience it. The first sign is that it becomes harder to communicate with people. This may quickly reduce your social contact – whether you notice it or not. And social contact is a vital source of stimulation for the brain. Without it, the risk of mental decline increases. The greater the untreated hearing loss, the greater the risk of dementia.

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Hearing affects everything between your ears




Tinnitus is sometimes the first sign of hearing loss in older people. It also can be a side effect of medications. More than 200 drugs are known to cause tinnitus when you start or stop taking them.
A number of medications may cause or worsen tinnitus. Generally, the higher the dose of these medications, the worse tinnitus becomes. Often the unwanted noise disappears when you stop using these drugs. Medications known to cause or worsen tinnitus include:
•Antibiotics, including polymyxin B, erythromycin, vancomycin and neomycin …
•Cancer medications, including mechlorethamine and vincristine
•Water pills (diuretics), such as bumetanide, ethacrynic acid or furosemide
•Quinine medications used for malaria or other health conditions
•Certain antidepressants may worsen tinnitus
•Aspirin taken in uncommonly high doses (usually 12 or more a day)

If ringing in the ears occurs after you have taken a medicine:

  • Call the doctor who prescribed the medicine to determine whether you should stop taking the medicine or take a different one. An appointment may not be needed.
  • If you are taking a nonprescription medicine, stop taking it. Call your doctor if you feel you need to continue taking the medicine

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New Years is a noisy time of year with fireworks, noisemakers, bars, yelling and screaming crowds, and other loud sounds piercing the environment. Fireworks and firecrackers have been found to register noise levels of 162 dB and 150 dB, respectively. To avoid experiencing hearing loss as a result of exposure to loud noises this New Year’s Eve you should adhere to these tips:

1. Invest in a set of inexpensive foam earplugs, available at local Pharmacy’s. These can reduce noise by as much as 30 db.

2. Hearing aid users should adjust their program memory settings for noise reduction or a reduced level in the music setting. If their instrument doesn’t have this feature, a pair of noise-reducing earmuffs can be of benefit.

3. If children are joining you at New Year’s celebrations make hearing protection a family affair. Talk to your kids about the importance of wearing hearing protection.

These precautions should help prevent people from damaging their hearing or developing a temporary case of tinnitus. It’s not just the excessive noise of football stadiums, but also some of the most routine celebratory events that can be damaging to ears.

Have a Careful, Noise Reduced, New Year’s Eve and a Happy New Year from Hearing And Audiology.



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