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Hearing Loss Hurts Marriage...What'd You Say?

When you ask relationship experts to name their top three things for a successful marriage, all of them will have communication in their list. This can be tough to accomplish, however, if one of you can't hear (or both!). A recently published British study interviewed 1,500 hearing impaired people over 55 years of age and found that 44 percent admitted that their relationships with their partner, friend or family had suffered because of their hearing problem. In the United States, Energizer Battery conducted a survey in 2007 with similar results. Nearly half (48%) said their marriage had suffered because of their spouse's hearing loss. Furthermore, 65 percent indicated they feel annoyed when their significant other cannot hear them. In a funny twist, 45 percent say their spouse doesn't appear to hear chore requests, but 78 percent do hear their snack getting fixed just fine. These studies make for good comedic material, but are also worth listening to. Click here to read the full article.

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