It is commonly understood that healthy channels of communication are fundamental to healthy relationships. When there is a breakdown in communication, relationships are quick to crumble. In some cases, untreated hearing loss could be at the root of communication problems. Have you noticed that lately your jokes are missing the mark? Have you found yourself repeating the same thing over and over again before your parent responds? Have you noticed that your best friend has been avoiding social functions? Are your phone calls with a sibling short and disjointed? While it’s difficult to not take these scenarios personally, keep in mind that your loved one may be experiencing a hearing loss. Among the many consequences of untreated hearing loss, there may be problems with communication. Here, we take a look at some basics of hearing loss and provide tips on addressing hearing loss with a loved one.