Hearing loss affects Canadians of all ages and across all areas of society. Yet, despite growing awareness about the issue of hearing loss, many people still struggle to accept and overcome their hearing loss. In fact, it takes 7 to 10 years on average before most people do something about their hearing loss. The result is that as few as 20% of people who need hearing aids actually wear them.
It’s not surprising that you might be struggling to deal with hearing loss; it is after all a major part of the way most people interact with their world. You are not alone in this struggle. But the reality is that accepting and overcoming your hearing loss will benefit you enormously physically, mentally, socially and even financially.
Coming to terms with your hearing loss is a process and it won’t happen overnight. So, here are some tips to help you on your journey to better hearing health.
Dealing with grief and anger
The first thing to realise is that hearing loss involves a very real physical and emotional loss. Hearing touches us on such deeply personal levels and to come to terms with its loss does involve a grieving process. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross described 5 stages of the grieving process and you will need to pass through these stages to accept and overcome hearing loss.
The 5 stages are:
Hearing loss can be difficult to accept, in part, because hearing loss often occurs gradually over a long period of time. You may simply not have even noticed you have a problem. You may be so busy with your daily activities that you’re not aware of how many times you mishear a conversation. That makes denial an easy option.
You may also be in denial because the problem just seems too hard to deal with or other problems might appear to be more important. You might even be aware you have a hearing problem but don’t think it’s bad enough. Or you might believe the myths about hearing aid affordability. Perhaps you are waiting for your doctor to tell you that you have hearing loss.
Whatever the reason for your denial, it’s important to try and work through this block. The reality is, refusing to do something about your hearing problem will only make matters worse. Yes, the process of accepting and overcoming hearing loss doesn’t always involve a smooth linear progression through these stages. However, it is important you start somewhere. Start by asking what is holding you back from having better hearing?
Maybe you’ve noticed increasing levels of frustration and anger and you find yourself blaming others all the time for your inability to understand what’s been said. Maybe your friends and family are tired of having to repeat themselves all the time. Or perhaps you no longer enjoy the social activities you used to love.
These are all signs that you need to take a serious look at the state of your hearing. There are treatment options that can turn your hearing issues around so embrace this opportunity to explore the possibilities. Do this and you’ll find the path to accepting and overcoming hearing loss is much smoother and easier.
Dealing with frustration
As with any process, coming to terms with your hearing loss isn’t just a simple step by step process. For example, hearing loss can be extremely frustrating. But frustration can also be a good thing; it can lead to positive change.
It may be that your frustration at not being able to hear your colleagues at work has led you to consider booking in for a hearing test. While you’re waiting for your test appointment you might also like to try out these six ways you can make life easier with hearing loss.
Getting hearing aids won’t solve all your problems at once. They won’t restore your hearing to normal and there are some challenges around adapting to hearing aids too. So some frustration may be part of that. Making sure you have the right support can make a big difference when dealing with these issues.
One of the best ways to overcome hearing loss is to partner with an experienced friendly hearing professional. It’s important to work with a hearing professional who will make sure you understand your hearing test results and what they mean for you. You need a hearing professional who will listen to your experiences and who will work with you to find the best solution on an ongoing basis.
Getting the best treatment
Sometimes people try and cut corners and go for cheap hearing aids. Cheap hearing aids are cheap for a reason and they can turn out to be another frustrating and unnecessarily expensive choice. Hearing aids are complex and sensitive technical marvels. So, it really pays to purchase reputable brand hearing aids that are backed up by years of research and exceptional warranties.
House of Hearing supply all the major brands and models of hearing aids including Starkey, Oticon, Phonak, and Signia. Our experienced hearing professionals can discuss your hearing tests with you and help you explore the various treatment options open to you.
With the correct hearing aid optimised for your needs you can enjoy:
- Clear conversation and speech enhancement
- Tinnitus reduction and management
- Background noise reduction
- Automated listening programmes
- Connectivity with all your smart devices
- Super fast recharge time and long battery life
Research shows that hearing aids offer a highly effective solution for hearing loss. Not only do they help you overcome your hearing loss but they can even help improve your memory.
It’s really important to have your hearing aids fitted correctly. Our hearing professionals will fine-tune your hearing devices to optimise your listening environment. And we will continue to give you the support you need throughout your journey to overcoming hearing loss.
Start your journey to accepting and overcoming hearing loss today. Come and talk to our friendly House of Hearing experts.