When You Are Tackled by Tinnitus In The Testing Booth

The hearing aids come out. I startle from the shock of the ringing. My tinnitus is no longer masked by the real sounds around me. The door to the testing booth shuts with a thud that I feel more than hear. Since I wear my hearing aids 24/7, I rarely experience how quiet everything is without them. In some ways the cessation of sound is a relief, but only until the tinnitus arrives. Silence, yet for me, it is not silent. I sit alone with my ringing, waiting for the hearing test to start.

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How Many Ways Can You Say “What?”

As someone with hearing loss, I spend a lot of time asking people to repeat themselves. Saying “What?” all the time has gotten a little boring, so I have been brainstorming about other ways to ask the same question.

Recently I was having coffee with someone who was impossible for me to hear. His voice was in my weakest decibel range, he kept covering his mouth with his hands, and he was a mumbler! I explained about my hearing loss and asked him to speak louder, but it was a lost cause. I decided to play a game. How many different ways could I ask him to repeat what he said before I had to reuse a method.

Here is my list. Please add your suggestions in the comments.

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When It’s Time for A Hearing Loss Friendly TV

We are not huge TV watchers, but we enjoy it when we do it — usually for movies or some evening downtime before bed. For this reason, and maybe others, we still have the same TV we purchased 12 years ago when we moved into our home. It is a fine TV — flat screen, hangs on the wall, decent picture — but it is outdated. It was time for an upgrade.

My husband’s primary mission was a larger screen and a higher quality picture. I was more concerned with the sound quality. If we were going to make enhancements, I wanted a more hearing-loss friendly TV.

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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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