How My Hearing Loss Has Affected My Marriage

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When I got married, I didn’t realize that one day I would no longer be able to hear what my husband was saying—literally.

If my hearing loss happened while we were dating, would we have chosen one another? I hope so, because we have had our fair share of wonderful moments—including the birth of two beloved children—but I can’t say the thought hasn’t crossed my mind once or twice, particularly when we are tired and stressed and his weary mumblings are even harder for me to hear than usual.

My husband and I met right after college. We both worked in the same department at a large company in New York City. He was a year ahead of me in seniority, so we needed to keep it a secret at first, but one night we were discovered at the movies, and so, we went public. It was a lovely romance that blossomed despite job changes, religious differences, and a two-year stint living in different cities. We dated, fell in love, got married, and everything was perfect.

But then I started to lose my hearing.

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5 thoughts on “How My Hearing Loss Has Affected My Marriage”

  1. Janice Wald – Santa Clarita, CA – By night, I am a happy blogger, wife, mother of three daughters, and a dog owner. By day, I am a teacher. Ancient and medieval world history are my passions, and I have taught both at the middle school level. It's my dream to one day teach education at the college level so I can empower other teachers. Toward that pursuit I recently completed my Masters Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. My Email is Broadwaymusicalfan which speaks volumes about my other passion, musical theater. I have acted in community plays three times and would relish the chance to do more acting, even on a professional level. I might even have the chance to act in my own movie since I am currently collaborating on a screenplay! After Tweeting for years and collecting thousands of followers, I look forward to a more in-depth analytical exchange of ideas about a wide variety of blogging-related topics.
    Janice Wald says:

    Hi Shari,
    Thanks for visiting my site today. I am glad you found my SEO post about link building to boost your SEO valuable.
    As far as your blog, you must give great support to people living with this problem.
    I have known men who are hard of hearing. Because of their pride (egos?) they refused to get hearing aides. This frustrated their wives when their wives couldn’t hear them.
    Nice meeting you today.
    Janice

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Living With Hearing Loss says:

      Thanks for reading Janice.

  2. Lovely read! And inspiring for people like me who are scared of the future and non believing in the existence of good souls like your husband. God bless!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thanks for your comment.

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