Our relationships are an important part of our day-to-day lives and how we define ourselves. Humans are social creatures, and we are built for community.
Hearing loss presents a challenge to relationships that often goes unrecognized. It typically arises gradually, and it is rare that a person looses access to all sounds. Most often a person continues to hear some sounds easily, while other pieces of sound fall away. This can leave you feeling crazy, foggy, or even feel like dementia.
In relationships, it often looks like pulling away or becoming less engaged. When small talk requires much more effort than it used to, understandably a person with untreated hearing loss engages less often and with less depth.
Fortunately, modern technology and expertise have allowed for tremendous strides in our ability to manage hearing losses, including “nerve damage”. We are able to enhance missing sounds without interfering with the parts of sound that have not been damaged. At HHCS, we are certainly not going to let you walk out of the door with sound that could potentially cause any further hearing loss, either!
Treating your hearing loss is a beautiful way of prioritizing your relationships and showing your loved ones that time spent with them is important to you. Hearing aids help the person who wears them, but they also improve life for the people around the wearer, as well!
This February, consider hearing care as a way to say “I love you” to your family!