Local research reveals hearing loss is affecting an alarming number of relationships in Busselton

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Specsavers Busselton Audiology Professional Rachel Green.
Camera IconSpecsavers Busselton Audiology Professional Rachel Green. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

New figures have revealed hearing loss is taking a significant toll on relationships in the Busselton community.

The research, conducted by Specsavers Audiology, showed one-in-three locals over the age of 18 think their partner already has or might be showing signs of hearing loss, with 63 per cent of them confirming they have experienced communication issues in their relationship potentially because of it.

Busselton audiology professional Rachel Green said those with hearing issues can become lonely.

“People tend to be withdrawn if they don’t have effective communication with their loved ones, it can be very tiring, if you’re straining to hear conversation and then they realise they can’t hear so they just withdraw, they stop going out stop getting involved and it’s really sad to see,” she said.

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“It is very isolating particularly when you know that there Is something out there to help them that’s why we encourage them to come in because we don’t want people suffering on their own.”

The numbers also showed that 57 per cent of people confirmed that if their partner did nothing about their hearing loss, there would be a resulting negative effect on their relationship.

Ahead of Hearing Awareness Week (March 1 to 7), Ms Green encouraged locals have their hearing checked regularly.

“Hearing loss can take a toll in a relationship, especially if left untreated,” she said.

“It’s important to get it regularly checked so you’re not missing out on conversations with your loved ones.

“We see that on average it takes people seven to 10 years to take action after they notice the signs of hearing loss, so we hope that conversations with loved ones will lessen that gap and ensure Australians get help for their hearing loss sooner.

“We want to encourage everyone to regularly check their hearing so we can address any issues that come up sooner rather than later, it will keep you socially active and maintain your ability to communicate with your loved ones.”

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