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Communication is Key to Relationships
Now more than ever, in this age of constant communication, we know that the foundation of any healthy relationship is good communication. We connect to people and the world around us with video chats, texts, jokes, conversations over dinner parties, short chats when we run into one another at the supermarket, and so on.
Relationships become unhealthy when there is a breakdown in communication. For those who experience untreated hearing loss, this is a very real experience. What happens to your relationships when communication becomes difficult, if not impossible?
Difficulty with Speech Recognition with Hearing Loss
One of the greatest challenges with untreated hearing loss is speech recognition. Hearing loss interferes with our ability to understand what people are saying and anticipate speech patterns. It may also cause us to misunderstand certain words or phrases, which changes the context of what is being said. Additionally, certain configurations of hearing loss may lead to confusion between sounds such “p” or “b,” or “th” or “s.”
As a result, you can imagine how untreated hearing loss could lead to difficulty with your spouses, children, grandchildren, colleagues, and friends – you name it! Many people who experience hearing loss say that while they are able to hear, they find it difficult to understand.
Misunderstandings in communication could lead to frustration, even conflict. On the job, difficulty with speech recognition may affect one’s productivity and performance.
What to Do if You Notice Changes in Your Hearing
Hearing loss often occurs gradually, making it difficult to pinpoint right away that there is a problem. There are common signs of hearing loss, which should indicate that it is time to take a hearing test.
Hearing tests access your current hearing abilities. If a hearing loss is present, we will recommend a course of treatment – most commonly the prescription of hearing aids.
Untreated hearing loss has been linked to other issues, such as an increased risk of dementia, falls, and hospitalizations. In terms of relationships, untreated hearing loss also greatly affects a person’s social life, with increased stress, anxiety, and depression which leads to isolation and loneliness.
By treating hearing loss with hearing aids, people are able to re-connect and engage socially as they once did before.
How Hearing Aids Help with Your Relationships
For those who experience hearing loss, the prescription of hearing aids changes the way we hear the world. People tend to wait an average of seven years from the time they first experience hearing loss to the time they decide to take a hearing test. After a hearing test, your hearing specialist will recommend a series of options based on your lifestyle and hearing needs.
Many hearing aids on the market are equipped with excellent speech recognition features, adaptable to the many different environments we find ourselves in. Speech recognition features accommodate soft conversations in quiet places to focusing on multiple speakers in noisy environments.
If you are interested in extra amplification, consider a wireless hearing aid. Through a wireless connection, your hearing aids may connect to your smartphone, which becomes an assistive listening device. By activating your phone’s microphone and placing it near the source of sound you want to hear, the amplified voices of the speakers will stream directly to your ears.
Have you been mishearing or misunderstanding our loved ones lately? Have your loved ones asked you to turn down the volume on the TV or radio? These signs may indicate a hearing loss. If you believe you’ve experienced changes in your hearing – or if you believe your loved one may be experiencing hearing loss – it is important to schedule a hearing test. Contact us at Advanced Tech Hearing today – to ensure the best for your relationships!