Hearing loss is a gradual, progressive condition that many people have for years before realizing they need to seek treatment. If you are preparing for your first appointment with a hearing specialist, you might be feeling nervous and overwhelmed. This is why we recommend bringing your partner or other loved one with you to your appointment.
Hearing Loss Affects the Whole Family
Even if you are the one experiencing hearing loss, it’s likely your family has been dealing with the effects of it as well. When you struggle to hear it can impact your ability to communicate with others and lead to frustration on both sides.
A 2009 survey asked people with hearing loss how it had affected their relationships and the results were significant.
- 44% said that their relationships with loved ones had suffered because of their hearing struggles
- 69% said their hearing loss interferes with their ability to participate in conversations
- 34% noted that they had lost touch with a friend or had their marriage end as a result of communication issues
Hearing loss can be especially taxing on your partner or spouse. They may have had to take on the burden of interpreting for you in situations where you struggle to hear. Or maybe they miss your date nights at Noja because the background noise made it too hard for you to follow conversations.
While it may be upsetting to learn that your hearing troubles have had such an effect on someone you love, they also can provide helpful insight into your particular struggles and what kind of hearing treatment you might benefit from the most.
They Can Help You Make Decisions About Your Hearing Health
If your hearing test confirms that you have hearing loss, your audiologist will want to talk to you about treatment options. The most common treatment is hearing aids.
When it comes to finding the right pair for you, you may initially be overwhelmed by the different models, styles and features modern hearing aids have. Having someone with you who knows your routine, lifestyle and preferences can be beneficial when trying to make decisions.
If you have additional questions or need to make an appointment for a hearing test for you or a loved one, contact Premier Medical Group today.