Have you experienced more difficulty communicating recently? Has straining to hear not only been difficult on your ears, but also on your relationships?
Communication is an important aspect of any relationship. How we communicate comes in many shapes and forms, one of which is verbal communication – or speaking with one another. Communication can be defined as, “the transmission of information, thought, or feeling so that it is satisfactorily received or understood.” A key word in this definition is satisfactorily. Effective communication is more than just talking; rather it is about listening and understanding each other. Communication is important for learning about each other, growing together, and working toward accomplishments.
Hearing is an important part of this communication process, and hearing loss can lead to difficulties. Reduced hearing can create challenges and tension within relationships. Everyone wants to be heard. Everyone wants to be understood. There are studies that demonstrate the impacts that hearing loss can have on relationships. Individuals with hearing loss often experience sadness, loneliness and even lower self-esteem due to disengaging from conversations. When communication becomes challenging due to hearing, it can be easier to withdraw from these scenarios, rather than work to overcome these challenges.
Disengaging from others can have a negative impact on your mental, emotional, and physical health, in the short-term and in the future. According to the World Health Organization “exclusion from communication can have significant impact on everyday life, causing feelings of loneliness, isolation and frustration, particularly among older people with hearing loss.” Why disengage and no longer do the things you or your loved one enjoys when there’s a solution? Hearing aids are one of the most successful tools for those who experience hearing loss.
If you or a loved one is experiencing difficulties with your hearing, today is the day to address it. The best thing you can do is encourage your loved ones to have their hearing tested and get the help they need. Call us to schedule an appointment and any of our licensed providers at Audiological Consultants of Atlanta would be more than happy to help you get on the path to better communication today.