Sparing some thought to the unappreciated and long-suffering relations who support us all. Time for deaf people to cut the dependency on them and let them have a life too. We know 63% of deaf people are NOT using professional/interpreter support and relying on families. Time to stop being selfish, and taking our nearest and dearest for granted, and using them as a free source of unpaid care ? If only to create the demand for it....
Going deaf makes life hard for the sufferer but it is tough on their husband or wife too. The partners of people losing their hearing endure frustration, anger and upset, research shows. They have to contend with a blaring television and must raise their voice and repeat themselves to be heard.
They also report becoming socially isolated or having to attend events alone, as their deaf spouse withdraws over fears they will be unable to hear. While those going deaf suffer embarrassment, worry and fear of rejection, both they and their partners experience frustration, anger and upset. While those going deaf suffer embarrassment, worry and fear of rejection, both they and their partners experience frustration, anger and upset
They are forced to act as interpreter and field every telephone call. The effort of speaking loudly, repeating words and avoiding misunderstandings can be exhausting, they say. Researchers at Nottingham University reviewed 78 studies about the impact of deafness on sufferers and those closest to them.
Lead researcher Venessa Vas said: ‘Hearing loss affects the whole family.’