Hearing loss can affect men and women at any stage of their lives, but it is more common amongst men. This may be because men are more likely to have worked in loud environments with unsafe levels of noise exposure, such as building sites, and men are proven to be less likely to wear ear protection than women.
Some research suggests, however, that men also find it harder to cope with hearing loss than women, and this may be because their communication skills are generally poorer. The following tips may be very helpful if the man in your life is struggling to cope with hearing loss, and could help your whole family to enjoy a more harmonious daily life.
Top Tips To Help Support Men With Hearing Loss
Here at Hidden Hearing, we believe that it is very important to build a supportive and caring network around yourself if you are living with hearing loss. If someone you love has hearing loss, you can be that network! Here are our top tips:
- Talk about it. Bringing hearing loss into the open can be a very helpful step in dealing with it, and normalising it can work wonders. Talk to your partner, father or friend about accepting his hearing loss and finding ways to manage it rather than living in denial.
- Find solutions. Men are often drawn to find practical solutions to problems, and assisting your loved one to find things that help will be invaluable. Try different environments using different settings on his hearing aids, and find out whether factors such as facing others or sitting on a particular side of the table help in social situations.
- Encourage breaks. Hearing loss can be very hard work, and it is tiring socialising when you wear hearing aids. The extra concentration needed to maintain a conversation can lead to mental burnout, and it is essential to be aware that your partner or father may need some time to recharge so that he can focus again. Ensure that he knows that he can take breaks when he needs them, and that you understand his exhaustion and accept this.
- Build networks for support. Helping your loved one to explain his situation to others, or planning ahead with friends to make life easier for him, can really help to lighten the load. Connecting with others who have hearing loss can also be very helpful, and this may be something you can access in your local area. Check out any local support groups or find out what is available to you via your audiologist.
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Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over sixty-five branches and clinics. If you are concerned about your hearing, contact us as soon as possible to book a free hearing test with an experienced audiologist.