If you are new to hearing loss, it can be hard to understand and adjust to at first. It may feel like you are the only one in that situation. The good news is you are not alone and volunteering is a way to pull you out of your isolation through helping others.
There comes a stage for most of us when we have our hearing aids and we begin the slow process of learning to live with them and with our hearing loss. All too often this is a time of isolation. Even those who have loving supportive family and friends can still feel very much on their own during this often worrying time, during the hearing loss journey.
Since discovering my hearing loss, I’ve noticed how I am more aware of body language and how it helps me communicate.
Body Language is a great form of communication because it is universal and doesn’t rely on verbal communication. It can also help you gain insight into what another person is thinking, before they even open their mouth to speak.
As someone with hearing loss, I’ve been able to communicate better by understanding how to read body language. Here are a few examples of common body language expressions and what they may mean:
Learning to manage your stress levels can extend your lifespan and directly impact the relationships around you at home and in the workplace.
Being a person with hearing loss adds a large number of stress causing issues and problems. Whether it’s communication issues, fear of preforming tasks without your hearing aids, or embarrassment over your hearing loss, there are ways to cope.
Here are some ways to reduce the problems of living with hearing loss and reduce the stress.
At the beginning, I fought tooth and nail against being one of those people who wore hearing aids. I realised that all of my stress and anxiety had been caused by the fact that I was trying so very hard to fit into the hearing world.
This all changed after I went through having my hearing loss diagnosed. I adjusted to my hearing aids and became a part of the deaf and hard of hearing community.
As an adult newly diagnosed with hearing loss, I knew I would be able to count on the full and complete support of my family. What I didn’t anticipate was the way the news about my hearing loss, and subsequent reality, would affect my children.
When I was first diagnosed with hearing loss, my family’s initial reaction was mild amusement. I received a lot of those, ‘I told you so’ comments, but the overall feeling was one of optimism.
When I came home with two hearing aids, the reaction was somewhat different.
Music has always been a very important part of my life. When I lost my hearing, I lost a passion. Until I received my hearing aids…
As a child, I grew up in a house filled with music. Being born in the early 1960’s was the perfect time to experience the emerging styles of what would become much of the foundation for modern music.
I had my parents taste on one side, a blend of easy listening, Country and Irish pop, and my older brother’s ’60s and early ’70s chart hits. By the time I hit my teens, I was familiar with so much and was extremely eclectic in my tastes, regardless of style or musical genre.
For people new to hearing loss, it can be common that you feel lost after leaving the audiologist or hearing aid dispenser’s office.
At first, your new hearing aids may fit well and work properly, but after a while you may have doubts – not just about the technology but also about living with hearing loss.
As someone who is new to hearing loss, and unfamiliar to the “deaf community,” who can you turn to?
Here are three ways you can find the real answers you’re looking for and advocate for your newly-diagnosed life with hearing loss:
Having hearing loss is one thing, but being aware and admitting it to yourself is quite another.
For years the world had sounded a certain way to my ears, but over time the sounds became not quite as sharp as they used to be.
I also began to have an annoying noise in my head. Yes, I had heard the term, “Tinnitus,” but wasn’t that something that people who were serverly Deaf had? I ignored the symptoms and assumed that it would go away. Either that, or I’d get used to it, which I did. Sometimes it would sound like a waterfall, sometimes hissing and at other times a sound that I struggle to describe… but all were annoying.
Tinnitus was easy enough to not to mention to people. However, my progressing hearing loss was something altogether different.