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September 17, 2007

"Honey, why aren't you listening"?

Three Germans in four find it upsetting when their husbands or wives do not listen. When the partner does not pay attention, most Germans assume it is because they are uninterested. Just 5 percent consider the possibility that the inattention is caused by hearing loss.

These were some of the findings in a survey among 1,045 Germans, aged between 30 and 60 years. The majority of the respondents, 95 percent of the women and 98 percent of the men, said that their greatest wish is that their partners listen.

According to the survey, 88 percent found it of great importance to treat hearing loss. They stated that they would suggest that their partner be treated with hearing aids when a hearing loss is identified. Yet, even as estimates suggest that 16.5 million Germans suffer from hearing loss, only 3 million Germans have hearing aids.

The respondents attached little importance to receiving small gifts from their partners regularly. Just 2 percent of the women found small gifts important, while none of the men did. Similarly, just 2 percent of the women and 3 percent of the men wished for their partners to be available for conversation at any time, day or night.

Source: Hörakustik

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