If someone you know is suffering from untreated hearing loss, you will probably find their social behaviour has changed. They may have withdrawn from social activities and feel shame, guilt or anger. They may also become more self-critical and frustrated. All these types of behaviour can also have a negative effect on anyone who is near and dear.
Sometimes the affected person is not aware of the hearing loss, or simply denies it. In these cases, it may take courage, patience, and persistence to get a loved one to accept that they have hearing loss.
If you spend a lot of time with someone who has untreated hearing loss, you may find yourself repeating, explaining and amplifying whenever they feel the need. In a way, you become the person’s ears. But while they may cope with it, you probably feel exhausted by the end of the day – though it can continue into the night.
Becoming aware of the numerous efforts you make to 'translate' could be an important first step towards their treatment. Realising the extent of the support you need to give may empower you to take action, on behalf of you both.
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