If you are the spouse, child or friend of someone with untreated hearing loss, you may think you’re helping them by repeating yourself, making extra effort to speak louder or more clearly, or by interpreting what others say. What you may not realize is that you’re unknowingly assisting in their failure to seek help.
Many people with hearing loss don’t realize how much they’re actually missing because you have become their ears. However, it takes only a short time for them to realize that, without your help, they’re in trouble.
Research has also shown that hearing instruments do have a significant impact on interpersonal relationships and overall quality of life. Specifically, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) surveyed 4000 hearing impaired individuals and their family members and found:
The best thing you can do is to help him or her recognize they have a problem and get them to take action.