They are forced to act as interpreter and field every telephone call. The effort of speaking loudly, repeating words and avoiding misunderstandings can be exhausting, they say.
Researchers at Nottingham University reviewed 78 studies about the impact of deafness on sufferers and those closest to them.
Lead researcher Venessa Vas said: ‘Hearing loss affects the whole family.’
Participants in the studies reviewed by the British researchers had an average age of 66. Only 11 studies related to the feelings of partners and 18 focused on both the partner and the person with deafness.