When we have emotional highs, or lows, we often turn to our friends. Sharing your joy, or sorrow, should be done tactfully. A burden shared is a burden halved, so the saying goes, and many people are often embarrassed about sharing a personal issue with their family, so they tell their friends first. If you, or your loved ones, are losing your hearing then you may ask a friend for help if you don’t want to ask your family. The best person to ask is a professional audiologist.
Hearing aids relationships
You may have noticed that you are losing your hearing when you are talking with friends. Hearing loss can severely impact relationships, and friendships. We don’t need scientific research to know that untreated hearing loss is a major source of stress, particularly among couples. Digging a bit deeper, some researchers have found that “both hearing-impaired participants and their close partners bemoaned the loss of spontaneity and the difficulties of sharing small, unexpected incidents, observations and small talk in their everyday interactions.” Even supportive partners can struggle to understand hearing loss. Living with someone who can’t hear can be frustrating, especially when they are unaware of the problem. A good solution is to simply tell them it’s affecting your relationship and you’re concerned for their health. Then make an appointment to have their hearing checked at a professional audiologist, like Clarisound.
Your friend’s hearing aids
Many people buy the same shoes or clothes that their friend is wearing. They like to look the same, or as good, as them. So, is it possible for you to wear the same hearing aid as your friend does? It is, but is it a good idea? The best way to find out is to ask one of our friendly, professional audiologists at Clarisound to check your hearing, for free, and recommend a suitable hearing aid for you to fit and wear. This may turn out to be similar or even the same as your friend, but everyone is a unique individual. You may really like the look of the hearing aids your friend or a family member is wearing. You should check with a professional audiologist, like Clarisound, if this is the most suitable hearing aid for you.
Someone else’s hearing aid
You may borrow your friend’s car or jacket but can you wear your friend’s hearing aid? If a friend is upgrading their hearing aids and has offered their current pair to you it may seem like a good idea, but it is not quite as simple as slipping on a jacket. Hearing loss is very personal and every individual’s hearing is unique. Customized hearing aids, or invisible in canal hearing aids, are uniquely molded to comfortably fit each person’s ear and even standard hearing aids typically feature custom ear molds. So, the likelihood that your hearing needs are the same as the original owner’s is small. Good audiology professionals, like Clarisound, will fit and program suitable hearing aids based on your unique hearing needs and the results of your hearing test.