“Hearing loss very often is such a gradual phenomenon that the person is in denial. You really have to be patient with them in getting them to come forward to get help.” — Marion Ross
Our everyday lives need communication. We interact and talk to people all day while working, traveling, gathering with friends, and running our routine errands. Hearing loss can present challenges when conversing, particularly with strangers or when the location has poor background acoustics. Often, we see these individuals with hearing problems attempting compensation strategies to get by, such as lip reading, writing or using their loved ones as translators.
Hearing loss gives the impaired & their spouse with feelings of frustration, embarrassment, and distress. Partners of those with hearing loss often feel forced to involve their partners in social gatherings and to avoid embarrassing scenarios by smoothing social interactions. This voluntary responsibility can lead to significant stress and strain in the relationship. While one partner is trying to enjoy himself socially, he must also repeat words and phrases back to his hearing-impaired partner.
A lot of patients struggle to have conversations even in their own homes. A spouse wonders why the other can’t hear his question while the washing machine is rumbling and the Radio is blaring. They raise the voice, thinking this will solve the confusion. However, noticing the tone, spouse feels attacked and accuses of “shouting and yelling.”
When communication distances occur, both sides feel annoyed, resentful, and irritated. Help is available to make it easy!
DO’S & DON’TS IN COMMUNICATING WITH LOVED ONES
To optimize conversations and reduce communication distances, consider some of the following tips for talking with your family:
- Get their attention- Call to them prior to asking a question or start talking.
- Face to face communication helps a lot (visual cues help everyone!).
- Speak clearly & slowly.
- Try using easily understandable words.
- Patience is the key.
- Shout or scream.
- Speak fast or at rapid pace.
- Turn your face away or communicate from a different room.
- Repeat the same phrase louder each time.
- Get frustrated and not completing the conversation.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT?
Consider educating yourself if your loved one is experiencing hearing issues because communication is a key to maintaining a healthy relationship. If you or your loved one is reluctant to apply these tips to avoid the unnecessary shouts & screams. Hearing loss is not an individual problem. It is a roadblock in your relationship. You must overcome the problem together.
One of the most important contributors to successful hearing aid use is support from loved ones. HNR speech and hearing clinic helps you understand the cooperation and support to your impaired love one. Book your visit today.
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