Hearing loss and your loved ones

One hearing loss affects many

When someone starts losing their hearing, it has a big impact on their lives. But it also impacts the lives of those closest to them.

It can be difficult to watch an active, engaged member of your family change into someone different – especially in social situations. Even simple, everyday situations such as watching TV together can be uncomfortable because the volume needs to be very high.

Hearing loss affects a vital part of our lives – our interactions with other people. It may take years for most people to acknowledge their hearing loss and take action, but dealing with hearing loss does not need to be overwhelming. With your help, it could be a different story for your loved one.

Even though hearing loss makes essential social interactions harder, few people like to talk about it. In fact, it can take years for most people to acknowledge their hearing loss and take action. With your help, it could be a different story for your loved one.

Recognizing hearing loss

The older we get, the more likely we are to experience a hearing loss. In fact, over 5% of the world’s population experience some degree of hearing loss. Oddly enough, the person with hearing loss is often the last one to realize.

Treating hearing loss is essential

Experienced hearing aid users agree that there is so much to gain by treating hearing loss early – and so much to lose if they wait too long. For example, nerves that are essential for hearing lose their ability to transmit sound to the brain if they are not stimulated. So the longer someone waits to get a hearing aid, the longer it will take to hear well again.

Benefits of treating hearing loss

Relationships rely on good communication. Hearing loss puts a strain on them, and using hearing aids helps restore full communication again. Plus, people who wear hearing aids enjoy even more benefits:

    • Cog­ni­tive Skills
      Stud­ies show that se­niors with hear­ing loss are more ex­posed to de­men­tia, but by using hear­ing aids they can im­prove their cog­ni­tive skills.*
    • Con­fi­dence
      Using hear­ing aids to bring back the gift of sound can im­prove one’s sense of con­trol and self-con­fi­dence.
    • Hap­pi­ness
      Hear­ing loss can make peo­ple feel frus­trated or alone. Restor­ing the abil­ity to en­gage so­cially and live con­fi­dently will boost qual­ity of life.
    • Earn­ings
      Untreated hearing loss affects the ability to communicate effectively, which in turn can affect job performance and earnings.

*Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Addressing Hearing Loss Proves Win-Win for Both Employer and Employee. Accessed May 2015.

How you can help

Does someone you know have hearing loss?
Here are a few ways you can offer your support:

  • Let them know you care
  • Offer to make an appointment with a hearing care professional and join them if they wish
  • Remind them that hearing loss treatments have a high success rate. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain
  • Help them search online for “hearing aids” and show them how small and powerful hearing aids are
  • Above all, be understanding and patient – and never give up hope

Source: GN Resound