Hearing Loss

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Anonymous writes, “I am 50 years old and recently I had a serious infection that has left me with hearing loss on the left side. The specialist says I have to totally heal before getting any kind of hearing aids.

It has been two months since losing my hearing and I find that I am very isolated and very angry. If there is any ambient noise, I can’t hear people speak so I have pretty much just stopped going out with people.

How do I encourage myself to interact without being embarrassed about the hearing loss?”

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10 thoughts on “Hearing Loss”

  1. Don’t spend a fortune on hearing aids. They are making them cheaper NOW, after spending $2,000 for left and right aids. Mine are practically worthless to me. I’ve taken them back twice….grrrrr….. Dealing with people over the phone who talk very fast, and very soft, is a nightmare. Last week, after enduring this type of phone call, i calmly stressed to this young fast talking, soft talking woman to PLEASE slow down and speak up. I did not insult her but my impression is: when they talk fast and soft, they’ll get off the phone and having to deal with you in the first place. WRONG….i miss my good hearing. And, the husband will get his hearing checked “someday soon”….naw, he won’t. It’s a nightmare dealing 24/7 with him.

  2. I have tried hearing aids & they just don’t work well for me. I tell people & ask them to speak louder, which works sometimes, & sometimes I still don’t hear even after multiple repetitions. There are many times where I feel so frustrated I just want to cry.

  3. It would be nice if owners of eateries educated their staff about people with hearing difficulties to try to speak up to customers who say they are hard of hearing. I find most people won’t bother when I ask them to. Some do but most don’t.

  4. I too lost hearing to infection and it cannot be fixed without surgery …… all my friends/loved ones know and I say Speak up or dont … your choice. Won’t beat myself up over what I can’t change… live is still good!!!

    1. I have hearing aids and LOVE THEM!!! Having a disability is not fun but it doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Get a hearing aid and enjoy life again. A good audiologist will help you find your comfort zone and work with you so you can enjoy life again!

  5. I lost the hearing in my left ear from stress. It caused nerve damage. Before I was fitted with hearing aids, I always positioned myself with either a friend or loved one on my left side. They understood.

  6. Keep yourself in comfortable situations with people who understand your situation. I have hearing aids, and can’t be without them, but I’ve never been ashamed because I stay with people who know me and understand.

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