hearing loss can cause a strain with loved ones, but there is hope

seniorHearing loss is much more common than most people realize. In fact, it is such a prevalent condition that only arthritis and hypertension affect more people. If left untreated, the consequences of hearing loss can be severe and greatly impact the quality of life and personal relationships of those affected. Worst of all, it can end up hurting you and the ones you love.

Whether you are a spouse, or a friend of someone with hearing loss, coping with the condition can be difficult. Communication may become greatly hindered, causing you to speak and share less with your loved one. It can also lead to less involvement in social activities and increased feelings of depression or sadness.

“Before my husband found the right treatment for his hearing loss, we found ourselves leaving early from social events or declining them altogether,” says Ann Mahon of her relationship with husband Tom. “Hearing all day at work and then again on the weekends for social events was too tiring for Tom.” “Once Tom got his hearing aids there were immediate changes in his ability to hear and in our ability to participate in everyday things that most people take for granted,” says Ann. “We now enjoy socializing, going to concerts and have even made some new friends. Tom is also involved in playing golf again and is able to read stories to our granddaughter. He says he has ‘gotten his life back’ and that’s true for me as well.”

Anybody who might be concerned about their hearing, can avail of a free hearing test at any Hidden Hearing branch nationwide. You can book a hearing test free of charge at any of Hidden Hearing’s 60 clinics nationwide. Freephone 1800 370 000 or visit www.hiddenhearing.ie.

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