Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

Things People with Hearing Loss Wish You Knew

We know just how hard it can be to explain your hearing loss to someone else. You try to let your family and friends know what you’re experiencing, but it’s hard to describe how hearing loss makes you feel. Speech often sounds fuzzy, your ears feel very sensitive to loud noises, and after a long conversation you feel extremely tired. Here are some of the things you want your family and friends to understand.

Hearing Loss Is an Invisible Disability

Hearing loss often gets called an invisible disability. Unlike a visible disability, like a broken arm or a condition that requires you to use a wheelchair, hearing loss doesn’t make you look any different. It can be hard to explain your hearing loss to people you’re meeting for the first time, or explain to friends what accommodations you need to be able to hear. And even though it’s invisible, hearing loss has a real impact on your life and on the lives of your loved ones.

“I Feel Exhausted”

Do you get to the end of the day feeling exhausted? Spending the whole day straining to hear can be very tiring. Hearing is a lot of hard work, and on top of hearing what’s being said, you still have to do all your other daily tasks. By the evening, you probably don’t have much energy left. You wish your loved ones would know just how exhausted you feel after a long day, or even after a long conversation. 

Your loved ones don’t understand how tiring this can be, since they never have to think twice about their hearing. It’s like you spend your whole day playing a complicated game of fill-in-the-blanks, where you spend a lot of time guessing at what’s being said, and hoping you get it right. No wonder you feel exhausted by the end of the day!

“I’m Not Stupid”

Have you ever answered a question, then seen a confused expression on everyone’s faces? When you have hearing loss, you may sometimes hear a question incorrectly, or not understand everything that’s being said. You think you’re answering correctly, but the looks on the faces around you say otherwise. You’d like your loved ones to know that you’re not stupid, and that sometimes you just mishear what was said.

“I’m Not Rude”

Have you ever had someone glare at you in the grocery store for no reason? Maybe the reason is that you couldn’t hear them when they said “excuse me” so they’re upset you didn’t let them pass. Or maybe your loved one gets annoyed at you for not responding to a question. You want your friends, and even strangers, to know that you’re not rude, you just sometimes don’t hear what was said.

“I Can Speak for Myself”

Have you had a loved one answer a question for you, or order your food at a restaurant? Just because you have hearing loss, and sometimes miss what’s being said, doesn’t mean that you can’t speak for yourself. Instead of answering for you, you would like your loved ones to repeat the question, and let you speak for yourself. You want your friends to know that just because you can’t hear doesn’t mean you can’t speak for yourself.

A Little Help Goes a Long Way

Have you ever asked your friends for a little help hearing? You’ve realized that a little help goes a long way. Some of the best ways your friends can help you hear include:

  • Getting your attention before they start talking
  • Facing you when speaking
  • Keeping their hands away from their face so you can see their expression
  • Rephrasing what’s been said
  • Being patient if you don’t understand the first time

You want your friends and loved ones to know that even a few small things can make a big difference, and you’d appreciate their help in helping you hear.

Hearing Aids Can Help

Do you have hearing aids? These devices can go a long way in helping you hear clearly! Quality hearing aids, like the ones you’ll find with us, have a number of advanced programs that will make it easy for you to hear. Hearing aids can help you enjoy better speech comprehension, background noise reduction, and better hearing on the phone. Visit us today and find the hearing aids that are right for you.