In it together: the impact of hearing loss on personal relationships

Royal National Institute for Deaf People
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The experience of hearing loss is typically shared with, and managed by, both the person with hearing loss and their partner or family. Partners are an important source of support and can play an instrumental role in making people aware of hearing loss. However, hearing loss has an impact on relationships, changing the content and nature of communication with partners and affecting social activities. The aim of this research was to gain a better understanding of how partners and families respond to hearing loss. The study comprised 23 interviews with people with hearing loss and their partners. The sections of this report discuss: partners’ reaction to hearing loss; the impact of hearing loss on people with hearing loss and their partners; the dynamic within the wider family; and suggestions and advice around the issues in the report provided by some of the research participants. As a result of this research, the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) will be producing guidance for family members on hearing loss.

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interpersonal relationships, partners, user views, families, hearing impairment;
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United Kingdom
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