If your parents have untreated hearing loss, you may notice changes in their social behavior. They may have withdrawn from social activities, or seem embarrassed. Perhaps they feel guilt or anger over their inability to follow conversations. Hearing loss can lead to depression, confusion and isolation. All these types of behavior can also have a negative effect on anyone who is near and dear.
Sometimes an individual doesn't realize how much he or she is missing, or is in denial. Especially for people with these challenges, it may take extra patience and persistence to get a loved one to accept that they need help. But if you are persistent, your guidance may be the key element in finding a solution.
If you spend a lot of time with someone who has untreated hearing loss, you may have to repeat yourself multiple times, re-explaining or speaking louder than you used to. In a way, you become the person’s ears. This may make both parties feel more frustrated.
Becoming aware of the numerous efforts you make to "translate" could be an important first step towards their treatment. Realizing the extent of the support you need to give may empower you to take action, on behalf of you both.