HEARING LOSS' RIPPLE EFFECT
May 28, 2018
Anyone who suffers from hearing loss should bear in mind that appropriate treatment with a hearing instrument not only benefits the person wearing it, but also those with whom he or she communicates on a regular basis. In fact, the spouse, siblings, friends, relatives, colleagues, and caregivers of those suffering from hearing impairment often report just as much miscommunication with hearing-impaired individuals as the people with the hearing loss. When researchers recently reviewed more than 70 previous studies that looked into the complaints made by people with hearing loss and those closest to them, they found that complaints related to effort in communication was the most-reported problem among those in the hearing-impaired person’s family, social, and work circles.