Include your partner

Our hearing is as important to the people close to us as it is to us. When we talk to someone, we share our thoughts, feelings and ideas. This is important to our quality of life. If you tell others what makes it easiest to talk to each other, you can work together to find ways to improve your daily communication.

For example, you can:

  • Tell your partner when you find it most easy to communicate with them and why
  • Ask your partner when they find communication with you most easy 
  • Discuss what you can do together to improve communication
  • Talk about how your partner can support you in large groups or background noise
  • Ask your partner how your hearing loss affects them

Anne is a former president of Hearing Loss Association of America. She has had a hearing loss for 30 years and has found her own way to cope in daily life. She and her husband, who also has a hearing loss, support each other. They keep coming up with new ways to communicate well with each other.

Nicky has had a hearing loss since birth. She often finds it hard to communicate. She does not let that stop her though, and she copes well socially. Her husband, Justin, is a wonderful  ally to her. He makes a conscious effort to adjust his speech in ways that will make it easier for Nicky to follow.

John has had a severe hearing loss for many years. He got cochlear implants late in life. This has improved his hearing and made it easier for him to communicate. Before he got the implants, he used to take his hearing aids out in the evening. That made conversation with his wife difficult. Here John’s wife shares what they did to continue talking.

Gill has a severe hearing loss. Her husband, John, does what he can to be supportive. He often acts as Gill’s earpiece at social events. This puts an added burden on John. He often finds himself in conversations that do not really interest him. In this video clip, Gill and John share how they both feel about these situations and how she copes when he is not around.