Helping Others Cope With Hearing Loss

Do you know someone who often asks you to repeat what you’ve said or just ignores you when you speak to him or her? Do you think the person is not paying attention to you or lacks knowledge and understanding? Or do you know this is a possible sign of hearing loss? The person with the loss may not be aware that he or she has one.

Having a hearing loss can affect quality of life and cause changes in behavior and mood.

Hearing loss requires more effort and energy to hear and communicate. People can become stressed and tired if it is left untreated. In addition, feelings of embarrassment and shame can occur and can affect a person’s self-esteem. Sometimes people with hearing problems deny the problem and blame others for mumbling or talking too softly. Other people try to control conversations by doing most of the talking. By doing most of the talking, they don’t need to listen. And still others choose to withdraw from difficult social activities to avoid the strain and fatigue needed to hear.

When a person first learns that he or she has a hearing loss, the person often grieves the loss as he or she would any other loss of body function. Grief is not just one feeling but a group of feelings. Some common grief emotions associated with it include denial, anger, guilt, fear, sadness, confusion and loneliness.

How can you help someone cope with a hearing loss?

There are a number of factors that can affect a person’s ability to cope with hearing loss. These include:

• Social support from family and friends
• Educational background
• Economic status
• Work demands
• Age
• Religious beliefs and customs
• Additional health issues

You can help the person with hearing loss come to terms with the loss and get treatment to hear better.

The first step is to seek out the services of a Hearing Specialist or Audiologist. Hearing Specialists and Audiologists are most qualified by training and experience to test and diagnose non-medical types of hearing loss. They counsel people with hearing loss and their families, and build a plan of care that often includes hearing aids and other assistive hearing devices. It is important to know that hearing aids alone may not solve all the problems resulting from the loss.

Successful treatment for hearing loss is a lifelong process and involves ongoing evaluation, education, training, support and advocacy. Call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™today at 772-286-4327 to schedule a free hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist, and get the treatment you need to make Everyday Sounds Better.

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