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Hearing Loss and Relationships

June 29, 2020

Met with a couple where one had a profound hearing loss from birth.

That person was quite withdrawn and of few words. The partner was reasonably looking to improve the relationship through communication.

Neither fully realized the full impact of the hearing loss on the one’s disposition generally and nor did they realize just how extra taxing it is to get through a day having to concentrate so much harder just to listen. There was little left of this person to communicate with given fatigue by end of day.

It is common to not realize the true impact of managing throughout the day with a hearing loss or learning disability for that matter.

Putting in so much additional effort to listen or follow instruction is exhausting, but becomes one’s normal even though it leaves one irritable which in turn can interfere with relationships.

It helps to take this into account and use some management strategies throughout the day and wherever possible, to have a rest at end of day before additional expectations are met.

Learning to talk about one’s challenges and not carry shame can go a long way to gaining support and managing more effectively.

Delightful couple.


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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, former parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America. He consults to mental health professionals as well as to mediators and collaborative law professionals about good practice as well as building their practice.

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