At Worth Hearing Center, we know that hearing loss is difficult. Over time, it can reduce your hearing to the point that some conversations are hard to understand. And while a hearing test is easy and not at all painful, we want to make sure you clearly understand what will happen and what responses we need from you.

That’s why we encourage you to bring a companion when you visit our Albuquerque or Rio Rancho hearing aid practice. Your companion, whether that is a spouse, adult child, or friend, knows you better than we do, and they are more likely to know that you’re understanding the conversation and the options to help improve your hearing.

Hearing loss affects more than the individual with the loss; it impacts those around you. Your companion can share valuable information on the severity of your hearing loss. That will help our audiologist understand the impact of hearing loss on your life and recommend a better solution for treatment.

Hearing loss does affect relationships, not always for the better. A study of 1,500 people with hearing loss found:

  • 44% said their relationships with the spouse or partner, family or friends suffered because of the impairment
  • 34% reported losing touch with friends or even the ending of their marriage due to the communication problems
  • More than 50% say they felt excluded in social situations
  • 69% reported that their hearing loss made everyday conversations difficult.

Our Albuquerque and Rio Rancho hearing centers welcome you and your companion for your hearing appointments. If you have any questions, write them down to ask your audiologist. We look forward to seeing you soon.