Q: My wife and I have been married 45 years as of February 14th this year. She doesn’t like to admit it, but she has a hard time hearing people clearly. It makes her reclusive and withdrawn. Would hearing aids change that?
A: Congratulations on your upcoming 45th anniversary.
Many people will become more self-conscious and less social as their hearing loss worsens. Since most hearing loss comes on slowly, the change in a person’s demeanor and behavior as their hearing loss deepens also happens slowly.
I have many patients who describe no longer attend church, gave up their bridge or bunko group, have stopped going to plays, the theater and live music, and do not go over to friends’ homes because they are embarrassed and aggravated about not hearing well in those situations. These reduced social behaviors become the norm.
To answer your question, yes, hearing aids can reinvigorate a person’s self-image and social outlook. Changing behaviors can take time. After she gets hearing aids, your wife could slowly experiment with more and more social situations over the course of months. As she recognizes how much more clearly she hears, I hope she regains her enjoyment of social events.
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Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award. Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf.