While a recipe for a happy marriage can be complicated – a little bit of this, a dash of that – one of the main ingredients of any successful relationship is good communication. Take that away and hello trouble!
You think we are just kidding around? Unfortunately we aren't. If you have hearing loss or are living with a spouse or partner who does, you know how frustrating interacting with that person can be. There is a lot of ear-cupping and asking "what did you say?"
This is not merely – no pun intended – hearsay; several studies have shown that poor hearing can put a big strain on marriages.
This Just In On Untreated Hearing Loss And Marriage
A new British survey found that in marriages where one spouse has an untreated hearing loss, the other partner suffers as well.
Feelings of frustration that arise from the inability to communicate can be a source of stress and often lead to domestic arguments. In fact, some of the respondents with hearing loss in the above-mentioned study said that their partner had threatened to leave unless the hearing loss is treated.
While the findings of this recent survey are quite alarming, they are not new. Previous research into this topic also clearly demonstrates a link between unaided hearing impairments and difficulties in relationships.
For example, an earlier British study released a few years ago found that 44 percent of respondents felt their relationship with their partner, friends or family had suffered because they couldn't hear properly.
And don't think that this problem is only prevalent in Great Britain. In the United States, Energizer released a similar study several years ago that revealed 48 percent of participants felt their marriage had suffered due to their spouse's hearing loss.
So you might say that hearing loss-related relationship problems are the same on both sides of the big pond.
The Snowball Effect
The reason why poor hearing can cause problems in a marriage is quite simple: If you can't hear your significant other, if his or her words fall on deaf ears, the very basis of your relationship is straining at the seams.
Slowly but surely, feelings of frustration set in, leading to isolation, loneliness and even depression – not just for you, but for your partner as well. How many times did you hear people say: "We live under the same roof but we don't talk anymore?"
Some marriage issues are difficult to solve, but hearing loss isn't – or at least shouldn't be. In that sense, hearing aids are real marriage savers!
Sometimes Love Isn't Enough - Hearing Aids To The Rescue!
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Sure, you love your spouse. Nobody questions that. So why is it that you refuse to get help for your hearing loss? After all, getting fitted with hearing aids is quite simple.
Of course, you are not the only one. Over 30 million Americans suffer from some level of hearing loss but studies show that while 95 percent of these people could be helped by hearing aids, only 23 percent currently use them.
Reasons for the refusal to get hearing aids include valid ones, such as the high cost – price can vary from $1,000 to $5,000 per device. However, many people also cite fear of looking older and cosmetic considerations as reasons for not getting hearing aids.
Let's look at these reasons one by one. Yes, cost is an important factor for many people, unfortunately. But don't forget that there are ways to get at least some funding for the hearing aids. Better Hearing Institute suggests that people who need hearing aids seek financial aid to defray the costs through their state and local departments of social services, or fraternal organizations like the Kiwanis and Lions Club International. (For a complete list of organizations, request Healthy Hearing's free Financial Guide to Hearing Aids.)
But what if you don't want to get fitted with hearing aids because you believe that they will make you look older? Welcome to the 21st century! Modern hearing technology is tiny, sleek, and hardly visible, so that excuse hits the dust as well.
Have We Convinced You Yet?
We sure hope so! After all, saving your marriage should be at the top of your priority list because it's that important.
But there is even more good news: Getting hearing aids is not only good for relationships. Various studies clearly indicate that treating hearing loss with hearing aids can also improve your:
- Earning power
- Emotional stability
- Sense of control over life events
- Perception of mental functioning
- Overall quality of life