Hearing Loss: Why My Phone Rings on My Wrist

My family got matching fitness trackers for the holidays to help us stay motivated and active as the weather turns colder. We wore them on our holiday trip to the Caribbean where we competed daily to see who could get the most steps. My children always won (of course), but it was fun to see who would come in second and third. I seemed to always come in fourth since my morning exercise was yoga rather than running. Not a lot of steps in yoga.

What does this have to do with hearing loss? Not a lot so far, but on the second day I wore the Fitbit, it started vibrating. It was way too early in the day for me to have reached my step goal. I looked at my wrist and saw a phone number running across the display. I had a phone call! I ran to my cell phone and answered it. A life changing moment.

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Do You Love Somebody With Hearing Loss?

Do you love somebody with hearing loss? With 50 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, I bet most people do. What can you do to show your affection for them this Valentine’s Day and every day in between. It starts with acceptance, support and understanding. But most importantly love.

Hearing loss is just one part of somebody, not their entirety. Remember to keep the hearing loss in perspective, acknowledge and accommodate for it, but don’t let it be the center of attention. The person should be.

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How To Enjoy Parties When You Have Hearing Loss

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Parties often mean loud music, background buzzing, and many people are speaking at once. When you have hearing loss, these distractions can get in the way of having fun. Advocate Shari Eberts shares her best advice on how to enjoy parties, even with impaired hearing.

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I always loved parties — gathering with friends and family, feeling the room sparkle with laughter and energy. But as my hearing loss worsened, parties became more challenging. The buzz of the room changed from exhilarating into a distraction. The mental stamina required to keep abreast of the flow became more and more exhausting.

I began to feel left out and sad and would sometimes prefer to stay home, until I decided to take action to make sure I did not miss out on the fun. Here are my tips for enjoying all types of parties, despite the challenge of hearing loss.

1. Contact the host ahead of time: This is not always possible, but if it is a party with family or close friends, or at work, be sure to communicate your needs. This could include asking to be seated in a specific spot at a sit-down dinner or requesting that one area of the party space be set aside for quieter conversation. If there will be numerous speeches or presentations, request that a microphone is used. Most people will do their best to accommodate you.

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Should You Be Worried About Your Children’s Hearing?

Can you hear your child’s music even though they are wearing headphones? Do they need to remove their earbuds to hear what you are saying to them? Are they listening to loud music for several hours a day? If one or more of these are true, your children could be damaging their hearing.

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How To Talk To Your Grandchildren About Hearing Loss

You love your grandchildren — their smiles, the way they look like their parents did when they were young, and their exuberance — but sometimes, they are very hard to hear. Children have a way of swallowing their words, or slurring them together, and typically have softer and higher pitched voices. That is, when they are not shrieking with delight or terror. Their way of speaking makes it hard to understand them under any conditions, but with hearing loss it can be even tougher, especially with age related hearing loss, which tends to impact the higher frequencies most.

Hearing loss is no reason to miss out on the fun and important relationships you desire with your grandchildren. Teaching them the best way to speak with you will take patience and repetition, but it is worth it. Share these tips with them in an age appropriate way each time you see them. Soon it will become second nature.

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