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Hearing loss or selective hearing?

You know who sent this to me about a month ago and I am not saying I am convinced or anything but since I am a teachable guy, I guess I should get my hearing checked, DARLING!  Nor, am I saying I agree with everything in this post from Desonta  Holder that was in the Houston Chronicle. Actually, I think she greatly exagerates point three!

5 things you may not know about hearing loss By DESONTA HOLDER

Energizer Holdings recently conducted an “All Ears” survey of 1,065 baby boomers whose spouses suffer from hearing loss. Key findings include:

1. Listen up: Being hard of hearing can cause hard feelings. About half (47.8 percent) of the respondents feel that their marriage has suffered because of their spouse’s hearing loss. Nearly seven out of 10 (64.8 percent) respondents feel annoyed when their spouse cannot hear them. In addition, 16.4 percent feel ignored and 8.1 percent feel sad or hurt.

2. Loud talkers: Raised voices become more familiar. More than half (59.8 percent) find themselves in recent years talking louder daily so their spouse can hear them. And 83.4 percent feel that if they talk loud enough, it would help their spouse better understand what they are saying.

3. Sounds like a sandwich: Is it hearing loss, or selective hearing? While 45.3 percent of respondents believe their spouse doesn’t hear chore requests, 77.5 percent say their spouse can hear them fix a snack.

4. In denial: Nearly half believe their spouse is in denial about their hearing loss. Of the boomers surveyed, 56.8 percent feel their spouse is reluctant to get his or her hearing checked. Nearly half (46.4 percent) feel that denial is the No. 1 reason.

5. Time for check-up: Hearing screenings are few and far between. More than a third (35.6 percent) know their spouse hasn’t had his or her hearing checked in more than three years. Moreover, 23.4 percent revealed that their spouse has never had his or her hearing checked.

For more information, access www.energizer.com/livehealthy.

Brought to you by the HoustonChronicle.com

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