Hearing loss for anyone, no matter what age or reason can be devastating and a little scary. After all, it’s one of your major senses that helps you to function in your personal life, as well as your professional. Though you will need time to grieve the loss, you can also do some research into possibilities of restoration. Here are some ways to help you navigate hearing loss.
Navigate Hearing Loss #1: Understand What Type of Loss You Have
Though it can be daunting to even think about losing your hearing, it’s important to understand it. The first thing to do is consult with your physician for a complete exam. He/she may refer you to a specialist if needed. Your hearing loss may be temporary or permanent, depending on what caused it. Be honest with your doctor about what you’re experiencing. Getting a correct diagnosis will depend on this information.
Navigate Hearing Loss #2: Understand Environmental Causes
One common cause of hearing loss is environmental noise pollution. This includes excessive use of headphones at high volumes, continual loud sounds from your work environment, and even too many concerts. Some jobs that may be bad for your hearing are construction, flight crew, musician, bar or club employee, ambulance crew, and a police officer. In some cases, this type of loss can be reversed but not all. It may be necessary to wear a hearing aid to boost sounds enough to be clear.
Navigate Hearing Loss #3: Understand the Hearing Aid
There are two types of hearing aids that effectively nestle inside the ear canal and can’t be seen by others. Close to these fully hidden versions are ones that take most of the hearing aid inside the canal, leaving a part just showing in the outer ear. They generally come in flesh tones and are still a discrete option for anyone with a hearing loss.
Behind The Ear Hearing Aid
The days of large clunky bits of plastic are fading fast and are being replaced with smaller versions that tuck behind the ear out of immediate view. There are several versions including a receiver in the ear that uses thin wires to attach to the receiver. The more traditional version has tubing that slips behind the ear to join the receiver.
If you suffer from poor eyesight then a hearing aid receiver worn on the body is another option. It is particularly useful for people who have problems accessing and using very small buttons. For people who don’t have the option of wearing hearing aids either in or behind the ear there are also bone-conducting versions, that transmit sounds using vibration. These can be worn either with a headband or glasses and are an effective way of delivering sound straight to the cochlea in the ear.
Navigate Hearing Loss #4: Understand Your Emotions
No matter what type of loss you have, you will have some feelings about it. I recommend allowing yourself to feel the grief, anger, or whatever else wants to come up. It will serve you to have a trusted friend or family member to talk to as well. If this isn’t an option, consider talking to a counselor until you get through the initial period.
If your hearing loss is significant, you will need to relearn how to do some things. This type of training is available online and in most cities. Treat yourself with respect and do what it takes to regain your confidence and joy. It may help to search online for forums, support groups, and lifestyle blogs that talk about topics you’re interested in.
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