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  • Is your relationship struggling because of hearing difficulties?

    Hearing loss can be hard on relationships.

    Hearing loss can be exhausting and frustrating. It can mean misunderstanding words or saying the wrong thing.

    People with hearing loss may give up struggling to listen, and their spouses, children, grandchildren, and friends may stop talking to them or may get irritated because they have to repeat themselves all the time. A survey by the National Council On Aging (NCOA) on hearing loss found that almost one in two people said that relationships with their partner, friends or family had suffered because they couldn’t hear properly and a third had lost touch with friends or seen their marriages fall apart as a result of the breakdown in communication caused by hearing loss.

    Untreated hearing loss can cause isolation and depression. It can also hurt the emotional and physical health of the spouse. In some cases, it can even lead to divorce. Sex life can also be affected.

    The NCOA also found that when people used hearing aids, many saw improvements in their quality of life. Family relationships improved for 66 per cent of users, mental health improved for 36 per cent, 34 per cent said they had greater independence and a better social life, and 8 per cent of them said that wearing a hearing aid had improved their sex life too.

    If you think you’re only suffering from a “slight” hearing loss now, it might not seem like such a big deal, but treatment is often more beneficial when started early. In the past, hearing aids were clunky, but now they’re smaller, more discrete and available in a range of styles and colours so you can personalise them to suit your own taste.

    Find out about the various types of hearing aids available on the market and if you’d like a free hearing test, please contact us to book an appointment at our Farnham Common or Marlow hearing clinics.

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