When somebody you know is suffering from untreated hearing loss, you will probably also find that his or her social behaviour has changed. The person may withdraw from social activities and feel shame, guilt or anger. He or she may also become more self-critical, frustrated and depressed. And this behaviour most likely affects the whole family.
Sometimes the affected person is not aware of the hearing loss. Or simply denies the fact. In these cases it may take some courage, patience, persistence and determination to convince a loved one, that he or she is having a hearing loss. But the efforts are worth it, as a hearing loss not only affects the person who has it - it also affects spouses, family members and friends.
If you live with a person with an untreated hearing loss or spend a lot of time with him or her, you most likely find yourself repeating, explaining and amplifying everything on demand. You have, so to speak, become this person’s ears. He or she may cope with it –whereas you probably feel exhausted at the end of the day.
Becoming aware of the numerous efforts you make to help and “translate” could be a first and important step towards treatment. Realising the hearing loss' influence on your own life and extend of support you give - most likely day and night - may empower you to take action.
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