Hearing loss does not occur in a vacuum. Studies show that untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with family and friends and particularly with those closest to us, such as our romantic partners. With some adjustments, though, you can greatly reduce the impact of hearing loss on your relationship.
Why would anyone put themselves in this position? It’s crazy, yet most older people with hearing loss arrive at the hospital without hearing aids. In fact, most adults with hearing loss don’t know—or don’t admit to themselves—that their hearing loss is a problem.
Your immune system responds to allergens by producing antibodies that release histamine. The release of histamine produces an allergic response. The resulting sneezing, itching and congestion also increases mucus production, which can cause temporary conductive hearing loss.
It's well-known that untreated hearing loss can impact school performance. Fortunately, though, research also shows that hearing aids and other interventions (such as cochlear implants) can help minimize the impact of hearing loss.
As your parents get older, you may have to broach uncomfortable conversations about unpopular topics—ranging from when it’s time to stop driving or living independently to when it’s time to get help for a hearing loss that is causing communication breakdowns.