Blog posts tagged with "hearing loss"
I’m hearing more stories of shaming those with hearing loss. Untreated hearing loss is difficult to live with. When you have normal hearing, it can be hard to relate with the struggle of not being able to hear. Most of us have a hard-of-hearing loved one. Most of us have, on some level, experienced the frustration of not being heard by them. I assert that’s the reason why it is still socially acceptable to shame those with hearing loss. Not being heard is a pain that we can all relate to.
Lately, I have heard more stories about shaming those with hearing loss. It still seems acceptable to express frustration through shaming when someone does not hear us. A community is made of all different kinds of people. Each one with struggles that others cannot see.
Hearing is a resource that allows us to engage in a real-time fusion of thoughts and feelings. When you have normal hearing, you communicate with little comparative effort. When you have hearing loss, it is much harder to communicate.
You can be an audiophile, live music connoisseur, or looking to relax at the end of the day. In any case, you will find listening to music through your hearing aids very enjoyable.
Fewer people feel the need to ‘hide’ their hearing loss. But, those who want to ‘hide’ their hearing loss feel much more strongly about it. Let me offer two thoughts for encouragement.
Asking at what age hearing is no longer vital is like asking at what age companionship is no longer necessary. Hearing is the sense that most contributes to our ability to engage with others.
You will be successful if you work with an audiologist who can guide you through choosing, learning to use, and maintaining your hearing aids. Studies show the importance of guidance from an audiologist. These findings are consistent no matter how basic or sophisticated the level of technology.
Consider hearing aids as treatment for a serious, significant medical condition, not as an appliance purchase. Measure your satisfaction of hearing aids as how well it contributes to the quality of your communication and relationships.
Loss of mental acuity (memory loss, depression, dementia, Alzheimer) was named as a top concern for over 65% of respondents in a 2015 National Council on Aging survey. Hearing loss treatment is a significant lever for maintaining your mental and decision-making faculties as you age.
In the presence of hearing loss, your brain has to devote more energy to processing sound. It can draw this energy from memory encoding, decision-making, and emotional well-being.
Why would untreated hearing loss lead to depression? When you have hearing loss, listening is a more effortful, exhaustive exercise. The effort - fatigued - drained experience is a pathway to depression, sadness, and anxiety.
What will get your loved one, who has hearing loss, to get a hearing test?
When you are speaking to your mother, pause between phrases.
When you are speaking to someone with hearing loss, keep your hands away from your face. Make communication your priority.
This is the second in a series of posts about communicating with a loved one with hearing loss.
This is the first in a series of posts on how to communicate with a loved one with hearing loss.
A simple English quiz can demonstrate how our experience diminishes our awareness.
If you have ever started the New Year composing resolutions only to throw in the towel before Ground Hog Day--or bemusedly watch others struggle with resolutions--this post is for you.
A hearing test might be the key to understanding, retaining, and making better use of information.
Holiday and family time makes the effects of hearing loss much more profound. With many speakers in the room, it's more difficult for someone with hearing loss to engage in conversation, or even to understand the conversation of others.
There’s a clear pattern in the research, demonstrating the connection between hearing loss and depression. Some readily understand this relationship. Others are skeptical. This article is for the skeptics.
Levity aside, I can’t help but think of the myriad other health conditions, or other socially-sensitive stereotypes that might have replaced hearing loss that would have resulted in outrage.
If you or a dear one has hearing loss, here are a few tips to look out for when choosing a restaurant.
What stops someone who knows they have hearing loss from getting a hearing test?
It is common to that hearing loss is a natural part of aging. The relationship isn't as straightforward as you might think. Here we look at causes of hearing loss that you are in control of and those you are not.
Hearing is the sense that has the most influence on your relationships. Hearing loss is associated with other serious health conditions.