How A Gratitude Journal Helps Me Manage My Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be frustrating and annoying, but what if expressing gratitude for the positive aspects of life could help offset some of those negative feelings? In my latest post for Hearing Tracker, I share my experiences using a gratitude journal to help manage my hearing loss. See an excerpt from the piece below. To read the full article click here

Living with hearing loss can be incredibly frustrating. You might miss the joke at a social gathering and stand staring while everyone else laughs or you may try to enjoy a dinner out at a restaurant, but the background noise blocks out the voices you want to hear. Sometimes your friends and family are supportive, but other times they wave off your requests for a repeat with the dreaded “never mind.” Your hearing aids are wonderful in certain situations, but not in all. There can be a lot to complain about.

But what if expressing gratitude for the positive aspects of our life could help deflect some of the frustrations we live with every day because of our hearing issues? Many research studies suggest that gratitude can help enrich your life through increased patience, better sleep, improved health, higher self-esteem and more resilience. And the benefits are long-lasting. It seemed worth a try.

Experts recommend a variety of options for expressing gratitude including writing “thank you” letters to important people in your life or sending daily emails to friends to thank them for something they have done to help you. For simplicity, I decided to keep a daily gratitude journal where each night before bed I would list three things that I was grateful for that day. I promised myself that each entry would include three original items — repeating was cheating.

I downloaded an app and got started. At first it felt awkward. I stared blankly at the blinking cursor hovering under the prompt “I am grateful for…,” wondering why I could not think of one thing to write. But soon it became fun. When something good happened during the day — even a small moment like catching a cute baby’s eye in the elevator and sharing a smile — I locked it in my memory so I could list it later.

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19 thoughts on “How A Gratitude Journal Helps Me Manage My Hearing Loss”

  1. Great idea, Shari…thanks for writing this.

    I also responded on Hearing Tracker..

    But, I’ll say it here also..

    IN addition to journaling, via writing..I’ve also created Google photo albums, for various events, with or without my family. Friends and family love to see the albums (A Picture really does say a thousand words). They often comment on how much fun is evidenced via those albums.
    They are conversation starters.

    I also write emails to my son and his children, telling them how much I love them…also, I send them articles and videos (like about the Giant pandas…a story I saw last Sunday, on 60 minutes)…which always spark conversation.

    Thanks, as always.
    Ronnie

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Lovely ideas. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. I found early on in my hearing loss that keeping a journal of what works and what doesn’t has been a great way to explain to my Audi what I need in the way of my aids, and fitting. It has also helped in getting the extras that also aid me in hearing, like TV streaming and phone call streaming not only for my cell phone but also my home phone. My Audi believes that it has also been a big help to him and now ask all of his patients to keep the notes on what works and doesn’t.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      That is a good idea too. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Shari,
    I’m grateful for you. Your blog has been very helpful for me as I too get frustrated and discouraged at the effort to communicate. I’ve leaned so much that is not generally available about how to manage a hearing loss. So please be grateful that you’ve been able to help so many.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you Mary. I will add that to my list tonight! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Excellent! Good luck with it!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  4. There are many ways to view one’s world, especially with hearing loss. Using a gratitude journal is a great method to formulate a more positive attitude about life’s quirks. Thank you for reminding me about creating and holding a better outlook.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      I hope it works for you! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Roger Talbott – I grew up on a farm. I retired to the biggest city in North America. I never met someone of a different race or faith until I was almost 18. Today I live in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world. I was born in the middle of the 20th Century. I am getting to see the beginning of the 21st. Some things never change, however.I have always been sustained by the belief that there is something beyond what I can see that is good and lasts forever. Life needs to have meaning and purpose. Relationships need to be based on love and respect. The best work feels like play. Our bodies and minds need to be challenged. To meet those challenges we need to eat good food and read good thoughts. And I know from experience that we can turn our backs on those truths and really screw up our lives.
    Roger Talbott says:

    Thanks for this. I think I will try it.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Excellent! Let me know how it goes!

  6. I use a journal for both my hearing loss and vertigo. In the case of my vertigo the journal helps me to see what works and what doesn’t in trying to maintain my balance. Since few medical professionals understand dizziness, the journal has become my medical book.

    Our county library system offers free online classes. One class covers Journaling. It was a great help to describe the different types of Journals and how to write in one.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      Excellent! So glad it works for you too!

  7. Thank you Shari for suggesting gratitude journal. Recently learned I have moderate/severe hearing loss and have been wearing hearing aids for past 3 weeks. Am so grateful that today’s technology enables one to manage hearing loss challenges. Also grateful for your blog as a source for information and most importantly a sense of community.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer, speaker and avid Bikram yogi. She blogs at LivingWithHearingLoss.com and serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America. She is the former Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Shari Eberts says:

      So glad you are doing well with your hearing aids. Technology is amazing. Thanks for being a part of our community!

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