The term ‘human dynamics’ refers to the social, emotional, and physical aspects of living. When applied to hearing loss, it refers to the interactions among the patient, the hearing care professional, and others who are affected by a person’s hearing loss.
All individuals affected by hearing loss have their own definition of what hearing loss means to them. For example, an audiologist may describe hearing loss using an audiogram. A patient may describe their hearing loss by describing situations where they have difficulty communicating with their friends and family. These differing perspectives can sometimes make the interaction between the hearing care professional and patient complicated, marked by confusion and misunderstanding.
By having a deeper understanding of the psychological and social challenges of hearing loss, hearing care professionals can better address patient concerns and challenges. This can help the hearing care professional work with the patient to identify shared goals and strategies to address those challenges.