If you discovered your eyesight was getting worse would you wait seven to ten years to get new glasses? The truth is that’s about how long the average person waits before treating a hearing loss. 30 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. It’s quit common.
Hearing loss is denied for multiple reasons, such as being afraid of looking different with a hearing aid. Some are afraid of looking old, or don’t want to be thought of as having a disability. Others may not realize their hearing loss is causing problems in daily interactions or others may think the loss isn’t significant enough for a hearing aid.
DENIERS use these common techniques.
– shifting blame to other things or other people
-avoidance (if you don’t have to listen to people you don’t have to deal with the problem)
-asking you to repeat yourself
Things they may be experiencing because of the hearing loss are: anger, stress, depression, failed relationships, and lack of social life (crowded settings are difficult to navigate), fatigue, negativity, irritability, tension, isolation, reduced alertness, impaired memory, poor job performance, and sometimes overall health.
Clues to look for when someone is losing their hearing.
-difficulty listening to the TV
-ringing in the ears
-saying you mumble
-or saying the room is too loud
What can you do to end the frustration?
If you are the one with the hearing loss, accept the fact that you have a hearing loss and recognize the consequences this has on your own life and the lives of your family members when you ask them repeatedly to interpret your surroundings all the time.
If you are a family member, you will have to stop enabling this hearing difficient family member and stop repeating yourself, raising your voice and acting as messengers. Explain to them in a calm and loving voice what you are having to do for them and their hearing loss. Help them understand how often they need your assistance to hear, and the effect it is having on you and other the family members. Most people don’t know that their hearing loss becomes their entire family’s problem.
Dr. Sergei Kochkin, executive director of the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), ” Being the ears of a loved one is not an act of love….By compensating for their hearing loss in this manner, the family is actually enabling the hearing loss to have a negative impact on may aspects of their loved one’s quality of life.”
It is difficult to recognize hearing loss because the sounds don’t just get softer, they become distorted. We don’t hear the consonant sounds as easily and those sounds carry the meaning of the words. The result is lots of misunderstandings.
The most common factor is age, but we are seeing more and more people in their 20’s and 30’s with extreme hearing loss because of the playing devices with ear buds that fit down in the ears. They can and do destroy the delicate hairs in the ear, which is permanent.
If you’re concerned that you or someone you know may be losing their/your hearing, tackling the problem early can improve both their/your hearing and your quality of life, including your relationships.
There is such a variety of products available today to fit every lifestyle and every concern you may be having. Some that conceal in the canal of the ear. Some are so well designed that MOST people cannot even tell you are wearing a hearing helper at all. Some have WiFi or Bluetooth connections that feed sounds directly from your cell phone or television right to the hearing aid. Rather than turning up the volume. The list has endless possibilities. The best way to explain it to you is to show you what your missing with a live demonstration.
Don’t hesitate to make an appointment for a consultation.
I hope this information has been helpful.
if you have any questions, please call (719) 587-9820