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The reality of living with hearing loss can be frustrating and challenging. One of the major hurdles to overcome is the perception that other people hold about hearing loss and the lack of understanding around the condition. With many people of all ages living with a hearing impairment on a daily basis, the lack of education around hearing loss amongst the general population can cause further complications in many situations.
Many children and young adults experience hearing loss from an early stage and there are many devices that are designed to help them to hear as well as possible. However, many people believe that hearing loss is a condition that is only relevant to the elderly, and this can put people off seeking help when they have concerns about their own hearing. We’ve been talking to our customers to find out what they wish everyone knew about hearing loss.
The Truth About Living With Hearing Loss:
1. It’s not rudeness. Many people perceive those with hearing loss as rude when they do not hear greetings, comments or questions. Of course, the truth is that the hearing impaired person is unable to hear them or may have misheard their words. It can be extremely frustrating to miss key points or words within a conversation, and it is made much worse if an assumption of rudeness is made.
2. It’s exhausting. Living with a hearing impairment can be draining, as, even with hearing aids, sounds do not fit together in the same way as they do for those with perfect hearing. It can be very difficult to make sense of broken sounds and phrases if hearing is partial, and it’s quite a workout to take part in conversations.
3. Hearing aids aren’t perfect. Hearing aids don’t correct the disability entirely, as glasses can do with poor sight. Instead, they amplify sounds to make them louder but can struggle to differentiate between background noises and what you actually want to hear. New digital hearing aids are programmable to make sounds clearer and to separate environmental noises from speech, but this still does not create perfect hearing.
4. It makes people feel vulnerable. There is still a lot of stigma around hearing loss and hearing aids in our society, and it’s hard to see what a big impact this can have if you have never experienced hearing loss. Many people, especially children, are treated rudely or as if they are mentally impaired because they cannot hear well. This can be very upsetting and can make it much harder to live with the condition.
5. It’s easy to help. Simple methods such as ensuring that you are facing the person you are speaking to, and making sure that your lips are visible, can be very helpful in enabling those with hearing loss to understand what you are saying. It won’t be possible for someone with hearing loss to easily hear you from another room, or when you are surrounded by a lot of noise, for example.
Visit Hidden Hearing to Find Great Hearing Aids
Visit us at Hidden Hearing for a free hearing test and try our range of excellent digital hearing aids to find the best hearing solution for you and your lifestyle. We have seventy-five branches and clinics across Ireland, so simply call us or pop in to make an appointment to see an audiologist today.