Writer Ann Brenoff shares how her late husband’s hearing loss affected their relationship throughout the later part of his life. In her recent Huffington Post article, she talks about how several aspects of their social and personal enjoyment became more challenging. She describes how conversations, watching television, going out to eat and spending time with groups of friends created tension in the couple.
However, Brenoff digs deeper than her personal story and shares research on the raising prevalence of hearing loss and its effects. She quotes Adele M. Goman, the author of a study published by JAMA, who warns about the effects of such widespread hearing loss, calling it a “major public health issue.” And, according to a survey Brenoff cites from a British hearing aid manufacturer, hearing loss can “promote marital breakdown to the point of divorce.”
The author shares how the situation improved drastically after her late husband got fitted for hearing aids. But she adds that this solution isn’t available to many people. She states unequivocally how Medicare should cover hearing exams and aids, in addition to dental and vision care. After all, the quality of a person’s life should be as important as the quantity, she maintains.
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