Living with any kind of disability makes everyday activities much more challenging not only for you but also for those around you. Simple tasks you took for granted you can no longer do independently and that takes some getting used to. Hearing loss is more common than you might think it is and can happen to any one at any age.
Here are a few small changes you can make in your life to deal with your disability.
First of all, anyone is at a risk for hearing loss. Some babies are born fully deaf and go through their lives not hearing anything at all, and some lose their hearing later in life because of health issues or over exposure to loud noises. Hearing impairment is becoming more popular these days because of loud concerts or using headphones with portable music devices. Elderly people lose their hearing with age and while some go completely deaf, others have limited range and can’t hear very high or very low frequencies.
Hearing impairment is frustrating for the people you spend time with as well. It’s hard not to get annoyed with someone who has a disability and maybe learns slower than or different from you and the people you live or work with will need to change the way they communicate with you to maintain workplace productivity and organization.
They might miss out on important information or even jokes that bring the group closer together. People who suffer from hearing loss have a harder time chatting with friends, shopping, watching movies or TV, and talking on the phone. These are all normal parts of everyday life where we take our hearing for granted and it’s only when it starts to fail that we notice how important this sense is.
Use adaptive behaviours, as hearing aid professionals says. Stand in front of people when they’re talking to pick up visual cues (like hand gestures, eye rolling, or head tilting) and look directly at their face to read their lips. Wear a hearing aid to signal your disability or tell people immediately upon meeting them. Hearing aids, while they won’t solve the problem completely, can be excellent tools and have come a long way in the last few years. They aren’t big, bulky, and obvious anymore; you can easily purchase a hearing aid that will sleekly blend in with your facial features and hair colour.
Oftentimes hearing-impaired people are mistakenly perceived as being rude because they didn’t hear what the other person said and so can’t respond appropriately. Sit close to whoever you’re talking to in a bar or restaurant and pick a spot that isn’t too loud or crowded to avoid any mishaps. If you’re out on the weekend, move to a quieter area when it starts to get louder. If the environment is excessively noise neither one of you will have a good time because you won’t be able to communicate with one another.
Follow these tips, among others that can be discussed with a counselor or hearing loss professional, and you’ll make great headway in dealing with your disability.