Help for a Loved One
Risk Factors Associated with Hearing Loss
Impact of hearing loss
Hearing loss has a limited impact on shared chores, although in general the hearing partner does most telephoning. In most cases neither partner resists this; however, occasionally, hearing partners resist taking this on when they are pushing for the person with hearing loss to retain as much independence as possible.
Couples report a change in the content and nature of communication, they describe these aspects of communication as small but important, such as reflection on events, can be lost. In some cases, this led to a sense of isolation in both partners.
Hearing loss can cause frustration for both partners. In some circumstances, hearing loss leads to couples talking less or over each other, causing friction which will sometimes spill over into ongoing resentment.
Both people with hearing loss and their partners report feelings of loneliness. However, hearing partners, in particular, speak of feeling lonely and feel they were missing out on companionship.
People with hearing loss and their partners often curtail social activities. This illustrates how the couple, not just the individual with hearing loss, withdraw from social interaction. This also suggests that couples can become lonely despite the partners interacting with each other.
Participants report mixed experiences of how their children adjust to their hearing loss.
Companion Hearing Inventory
These question can be answered with YES SOMETIMES or NO.
3 or more YES answers or more than 5 SOMETIMES answers indicates there may be a problem.
1. Have you observed a situation where a hearing problem caused him/her to feel embarrassed when meeting new people?
2. Do you feel a hearing problem causes him/her to feel frustrated when talking to members of his/her family?
3. Have you noticed that he/she has difficulty hearing when someone speaks in a whisper?
4. Do you believe he/she is burdened by a hearing problem?
5. Are you concerned that a hearing problem causes him/her difficulty when visiting friends, relatives or neighbors?
6. Do you think that a hearing problem causes him/her to attend large group situations less often than they would like?
7. Have you ever felt that a hearing problem causes him/her to have arguments with family members? Yes Sometimes No
8. Have you noticed that a hearing problem causes him/her difficulty when listening to TV or radio?
9. Are you concerned that any difficulty with his/her hearing limits or hampers their personal or social life?
10. Have you observed that a hearing problem causes him/her difficulty when in a restaurant with relatives or friends?
How to talk to someone with a hearing problem
Successful communication requires the efforts of all people involved in a conversation. Even when the person with hearing loss utilizes hearing aids and active listening strategies, it is crucial that others involved in the communication process consistently use good communication strategies.
Try some of these things:
Hearing Health Care Professionals
There are three types of hearing health providers