Can you hear me now? | Passing It On
Young people adapt to hearing loss by wearing by hearing aids, learning sign language, utilizing closed caption programming, using electronic devices and lip reading.
All of these methods keep them in touch with their world. Seniors seem to have a harder time adjusting; either because hearing loss comes on gradually or because they don’t listen to advice.
Hearing is important. Everyone around you is affected by your hearing loss.
Hearing provides a basis for communicating with others, gives you access to the world of sound, and alerts you to potential danger. You are missing a lot if you can’t hear.
What’s your excuse?
• You’ve tried hearing aides before and they drive you crazy: You may not have gotten a good fit.
Look for help, find a good audiologist, and keep trying until you find the right hearing aid.
• You don’t like the look of hearing aids: Many of today’s models are nearly invisible, but that shouldn’t be your first concern; the benefits of hearing outweigh worrying about how you look.
• You think you are okay right now and want to wait to see if it gets worse: Don’t wait.
Other people are as frustrated as you are when you ask for something to be repeated two or three times.
• Hearing aids are too expensive; you’d rather spend your money on a nice vacation.
Every day will seem a vacation if you can hear well. If you have to choose, make the investment that will change your life.
• Hearing aids are for the elderly and you don’t want to look older.
Hearing loss is more prevalent than you think, and it is frequently diagnosed in children and middle-aged adults.
Look to yourself for answers. Don’t be casual about something as important as your hearing.
A hearing aid is not just another appliance to set on your counter. It the most important appliance you will ever buy.
You don’t just buy it, put it in, and walk out of the office.
You have to wear it all of the time so that the brain can learn how to process the sounds you are hearing.
Counseling is available to help you gain insight into your loss, to help you adjust, and to provide encouragement and support.
A recent “Dear Abby” column recommended checking out the Hearing Loss Association of America at www.hearingloss.org for a group near you.
Stop making excuses. A good hearing aid could change your life.