How to talk to your spouse about hearing lossHow to talk to your spouse about hearing loss Communication is key when hearing health is at stake. Set the stage for a productive discussion about hearing health, whether it's about your spouse's hearing or your own. 2018 974 How to talk to your spouse about hearing loss https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52830-How-to-talk-to-your-spouse-about-hearing-loss
No matter how healthy you are, as you get older you're at increased risk of developing age-related hearing loss. Age is the strongest predictor of hearing loss among adults. And it’s a sneaky condition. One day you’re enjoying the sound of crickets on a warm summer night, and the next, you can’t remember the last time you heard one chirp.
Many of the hearing care professionals we talk to tell us family members are often responsible for bringing in many of their patients for their first hearing test. Since it’s not always by choice, these people are often reluctant to move forward with a treatment plan even when their hearing evaluation indicates they have hearing loss.
So how do you convince your spouse or partner to make hearing health a priority—for their sake as well as yours? And if the shoe is on the other foot, how should you respond if your partner says you need to have your hearing tested?
If your partner or spouse isn’t hearing well
Living with someone who can’t hear can be frustrating, especially when they are unaware of the problem. If they constantly ask you to repeat yourself, turn up the volume on the television to an uncomfortable level, or have trouble hearing the telephone, microwave or doorbell chime, it might be time to have a heart-to-heart chat. Pick a quiet time when the two of you are in a good mood and you can talk uninterrupted. Use a firm, caring tone that is not judgemental or condescending.
If your partner says you aren’t hearing well
Hearing loss is a equal opportunity offender, so it’s not inconceivable your spouse may gently suggest you have your hearing evaluated one day. If he or she does...
Take the next step
Even if both of you are still hearing well, it’s a good idea to make a habit of having an annual hearing evaluation. Much like the other medical professionals you see each year -- family, eye and skin -- your hearing healthcare professional will compare each evaluation with the previous one and address problems as they arise. To find a hearing healthcare professional you can trust, search our online directory. Taking care of your hearing and your health doesn't just benefit you - it is one of the most loving things you can do for the people closest to you.