Building and maintaining good relationships, with family, friends, and workmates, can require effort – even when things are going well. However, when there is a breakdown in communication, such relationships may begin to break down as well. One of the key phrases we hear in such failures to communicate is “He/She doesn’t listen to me!” Have you ever been accused of that?
The problem often lies in the inability of the person to HEAR you. It’s more common than you think. The problem with hearing loss is that it can sneak up on you through the years, and you’re not aware of what you don’t hear…until your friends or family tell you. “Hey, are you ignoring me?”
In fact, studies have been done on the cause and effect of HEARING LOSS and RELATIONSHIPS.
The National Council on the Aging (NCOA), surveyed 2,300 hearing impaired adults age 50 and older, and found that hearing aid users reported “significant improvements in many areas of their lives, ranging from their relationships at home and sense of independence to their social life and their sex life.”
A less scientific study is what I see in my office every week. A family member finally convinces their loved one to at least get a hearing test. Once they discover hearing loss exists, they try on a pair of custom-programmed hearing aids. Once they begin to hear again – instantly – they begin to recognize what they’ve been missing – the ability to easily hear, and thereby communicate, with their friends and family. Also, they even “wake up” to the simple sounds of nature. “I didn’t realize the birds were singing right outside my window”, for example.
If you, or someone you care about, might fall into this category, please don’t wait to get a hearing evaluation. It typically costs very little, and it may just be the first step in rebuilding and improving your relationships, and strengthening the very things that make life worth living.
Don’t wait! Call my office for an appointment today at 307-254-9633.