My recent article for Hearing Tracker ponders whether you should bring your family to your next audiologist appointment. What do you think?
The power of including your family in your hearing loss journey can’t be overstated. This was on clear display at a recent HLAA panel discussion on family relationships and hearing loss. The panelists included a married couple, a mother/daughter and two sisters. One person in each pair had hearing loss, while the other did not. The love and respect that they had for one another shone through. Not only were they great partners in life, but also in communication. Each acknowledged that it took a lot of work, but the payoff was significant for both sides.
Hearing Loss Impacts Your Family Too
Hearing loss does not happen to you alone. It impacts those closest to you too, especially your family. Difficulty communicating causes friction, which can take a toll on these important relationships. Cooperation and effort are needed from both sides meaning getting your family on your hearing loss team is imperative.
It is up to you to bring your family along with you on your journey. This includes not only the logistics of hearing aids and other devices, but also your feelings. Acknowledge your anger and sadness — they can see it anyway. The more you share, the easier it will be for them to provide the support you need. Keeping it all inside may give the appearance that you have it under control or that you don’t want to talk about it. Breaking down these barriers will strengthen your relationships and deepen your mutual understanding.
Bring Your Family to the Audiologist
When I first began acknowledging my hearing loss, I brought my husband with me to audiologist appointments. His emotional support was helpful, especially as I was still overcoming significant self-imposed stigma about wearing hearing aids. But once I was fitted with my first pair of hearing aids, he stopped coming. Perhaps that was a mistake.
Consider taking your family to your next audiologist appointment. For a list of possible benefits, click here to continue reading on Hearing Tracker.