Monday, 2 May 2016
Sunday, 1 May 2016
Women are more than twice as likely as men to tell people about their hearing challenges and how the hearing loss impacts their ability to communicate, a U.S. study has found.
Women are better at explaining their hearing loss:
Women with hearing loss may be more likely than men to explain the condition to others in a way that also helps to foster communication. In fact, women were more than twice as likely as men to report telling people not just about their hearing challenges, but also about how to help them. This is the result of a study involving 337 participants conducted at a hearing clinic in Massachusetts in the U.S.
(Women by default are better communicators anyway.)
One in three rarely disclose their hearing loss:
In general, slightly more than one-third of the participants said they rarely – if ever – told people about their hearing loss, while about 14% shared the information with people all or most of the time.
(So 86% in denial then ?)
People were more than twice as likely to engage in conversations about hearing loss if they had tried it before and been met with support and accommodation, the study found. The severity of the hearing loss didn't appear to influence how people chose to disclose the condition to others.
Men prefer unelaborated disclosure:
The study concluded that men in contrast to women tended to favour a direct disclosure of hearing loss without any elaboration on how it impacts their ability to communicate or how others might help.
(No, because asking for help is a difficult thing for a man to do..he feels it weakens him in other people's eyes, better to be viewed macho or aggressive instead....)