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Audiology | Press release | Biggest boiling point in relationships revealed

Biggest boiling point in relationships revealed

21 february 2018

Press release

ALMOST half of UK adults (42%) say that ‘my partner not listening to me’ or ‘having to repeat myself’ is what really gets them seeing red, a new survey has found.
The research commissioned by Specsavers Audiology revealed that a simple breakdown of communication is what causes the most tension in relationships.
60% said they feel frustrated when their partner doesn’t listen to them, one in five said their partner not listening to them made them feel lonely and one in seven said it made them feel sad. Other boiling points included arguing over what to have for dinner (11%) and the in-laws (6%).
The research of 2,002 UK adults also revealed that ‘being a good listener’ is the quality most valued in a partner (42%). Confidence was also important to one in five and good looks to 13% of UK adults.
The findings show that good communication is key to a happy relationship. However, many people may be jumping to the conclusion that their partner is choosing not to listen to them, when actually, they have hearing loss. Specsavers Audiology is working to remove the stigma associated with hearing loss and hearing aids, to help couples communicate better.
Of those asked, 82% said they would not be put off their partner if they started wearing a hearing aid.
Gordon Harrison, Specsavers chief audiologist, says: ‘Our research shows that communication is key to a happy relationship and that partners feel frustrated when they’re not being listened to or having to repeat themselves. While people often jump to the conclusion that their other half is simply not interested in what they have to say, this is often not the case. Many people have hearing loss but are not aware, or not willing to admit, they have a problem.
‘That’s why we at Specsavers encourage everyone – particularly those over 55 – to get their hearing checked. Hearing aids are now so discreet and they can transform lives, and possibly even relationships!’
The Specsavers survey also found:
  • 25-34-year-olds are the most concerned about losing their hearing (72%)
  • 52% of UK adults worry that they are losing their hearing
  • 34% of UK adults would rather miss out on conversation than admit they can’t hear – with this applying to more men than women (38% compared to 31%)
  • One fifth of people have avoided getting their hearing checked because they don’t want to wear a hearing aid
  • 45% of UK adults would avoid going out to social gatherings due to their hearing loss, with reasons including: they wouldn’t want to have to keep asking people to repeat themselves (24%), being afraid of people noticing their hearing aid (19%) and finding loud music disorientating (17%)
  • 91% said if hearing aids were more stylish and discreet they would wear one if they needed to
Specsavers recommends that those over the age of 55 should have their hearing checked every two years, and if you are concerned about your hearing make an appointment to see your Specsavers audiologist. To find out where your nearest Specsavers store is or to book a hearing check visit