It is a commonly known principle that communication is the basis of a healthy relationship. Of course, we communicate in myriad ways, not only verbally. Not only do we use our body language and faces to communicate with others, but we send even more subtle cues through our mood and the impressions we leave on others almost imperceptibly. Although nonverbal communication is a significant way to communicate with others, speech is perhaps the most precise way to convey specific meanings. When we talk to others, we are able to use language, intonation, expression, volume, and other sonic devices to get across the surface meaning as well as the connotation and subtext of what we mean to convey.
This communication is one of the best ways to forge a strong and healthy relationship with others, and yet many of us need to actively work on our communication strategies to make the most of our relationships. When you think about the health of your relationships and communication, your mind might go to some of the times when something went unsaid or miscommunicated. When these meanings are obscured, it can have a remarkable effect on the deeper layers of our feelings of connection with others.
As you might suspect, untreated hearing loss is one way that these connections can become difficult to maintain. By losing out on some aspects of spoken communication, we are left to rely on nonverbal cues. On the contrary, getting treatment for hearing loss can vastly improve your relationships, one of the most commonly described reasons that people seek treatment and celebrate the results.
Hearing Loss and Communication
When we try to communicate with others using speech, the subtlety of language is essential to meaning. By differently accenting a part of a word, you can transform its meaning. Humor often takes advantage of these subtleties to make a straightforward statement into something comical. Disclosure of personal information, beliefs, feelings, or values relies on this kind of nuance, as well.
Hearing loss is different for each individual, but one of the commonalities is that many people lose the ability to hear these subtleties of language. Whether they miss out on high-frequency sound or voices start to sound muffled, hearing loss makes it difficult to catch the tone or connotation of language. When hearing loss becomes more advanced, it can interfere with communication wholesale. With unheard parts of words and phrases, a conversation becomes a language puzzle that is missing pieces. Trying to assemble this puzzle on the spot not only causes frustration, confusion, and misunderstanding, but it can add a negative emotional context to the conversation, as well.
The Benefits of Treatment
When a person receives treatment for hearing loss in the form of hearing aids, these conversations can become clear, offering a complete picture of the intended meaning. Where once that conversation might have been muffled, leading to missed moments of humor or emotional context, voices can take on a crisp and clear quality. For those who were missing entire pieces of words or phrases, speech can take on a fluid and connected nature once again. Not only is the practical process of conversation assisted by this fluidity, but the emotional and relational aspects of communication are assisted, as well. No longer do conversations have to be a frustrating or anxiety-inducing process. Instead, these conversations can make us feel more deeply connected to one another.
If you have a loved one who has not yet received treatment for hearing loss, this benefit to your relationship is one way to talk about the necessity of scheduling a hearing exam. Though they might feel like they are getting by just fine without hearing aids, speaking about your own experience in your relationship can help provide context that encourages treatment.
If you have felt a strain between yourself and your loved one, don’t allow hearing loss to get in the way of your connection any longer. With hearing assistance, you can forge a strong relationship that is built on the ease of spoken conversation that hearing aids provide. When you add to that communication the nonverbal cues available to you, the result can be an easygoing and deeply connected relationship.
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