Hearing loss affects our ability to communicate
We know that hearing loss is part of the natural aging process. Hearing loss doesn't solely affect one's ability to hear - it affects one's ability to communicate. Hearing loss also affects more than just the hearing impaired, their loved ones suffer as well. We tend to communicate least effectively with loved ones, although we tend to use good communication strategies when talking to others (friends, acquaintances, etc.) because we are working on building rapport with them. We already have close rapport with our loved ones, so we get lazy over time and form bad communication habits.