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Impact on Family and Friends

Hearing loss affects the whole family as communication is a key part of maintaining healthy relationships with family members. People with hearing loss might think they can manage by guessing at words they miss – but these guesses are often incorrect – leading to a range of reactions from laughter, to confusion, to anger.

If a person with hearing loss withdraws socially, ultimately the whole family misses out. Family and friends may perceive this as they are not important or being avoided.

Families should be aware of the potential consequences of untreated hearing loss, as well as the benefits of hearing aids and other options. If you suspect a relative has a hearing loss, encourage them to get an evaluation.