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Keeping the lines of communication open

Hearing loss is a medical disorder that affects nearly 36 million adults in the United States. As a matter of fact, one in three adults over age 60 has hearing loss.

Hearing loss can result in a great deal of miscommunication and frustration among families and friends. A person with a loss of hearing can misunderstand intended messages, causing embarrassment, self-doubt, and a feeling of isolation. Sometimes, it can give the impression of memory loss, leading those around you to question your cognitive abilities, when you really just missed portions of the conversation.

While effective communication is vital to successful relationships, unknown hearing loss can create tension due to misread body language and tone from others attempting to help the hearing impaired person get the message. Sometimes the hearing impaired person will think their significant other is mad at them, when they’re just trying to help them understand by speaking louder.

Being tested and counseled, and then fitted with hearing aids can help so much with the frustration families so often feel, resulting in more pleasant and satisfactory communication. Keep in mind, too, that hearing loss may sometimes look like other conditions or medical problems. Having a hearing test and counseling from a professional can help the person and family members understand why they are struggling to hear and help them find answers for effective communication.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

Center for Hearing
7531 Memorial Pkwy South #C
Huntsville, Ala.