5 Things a Person With Hearing Loss Wants From An Audiologist

I’ll never forget my first hearing test. I was in my mid-20s, in graduate school and terrified. My father had hearing loss, as did his mother, so the fact that I was getting a hearing test so early in life was not surprising. It was traumatic nonetheless.

My father felt ashamed of his hearing loss. He went out of his way to hide it by isolating himself from friends, family and co-workers. I remember parties where he would sit alone in the corner, watching and waiting for someone to approach him. At the time, I thought he was just shy. Now I experience hearing loss, too, and I know the truth. He was probably exhausted from trying to hear with all the background noise and decided quiet solitude was better than the embarrassment and effort of not hearing what others had to say.

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I Stopped Hiding My Hearing Loss For My Kids

When I became a parent, I was in denial about my hearing loss, even though it had started almost 10 years prior. I hid it from everyone except those closest to me. I learned this behavior from my father. He had hearing loss too, but never acknowledged it. We all knew — it is a very hard thing to hide — but it was never discussed. An unmentionable.

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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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What Are The Stages of Hearing Loss?

I have read about the five stages of grief — denial & isolation, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance — and they remind me a lot of the stages of hearing loss. This makes sense, because for many, myself included, the loss of hearing is something to be mourned, to be missed, to be fought. We hide it, we hate it, we ignore it, we are sad about it, and eventually we accept it, or at least the lucky ones of us do. But for people with hearing loss, these are not the only steps.

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