Every once in awhile, I have an experience that offers me a glimpse of what it must be like to live with hearing loss every day.
These moments give me an even keener respect for what my patients go through.
And in turn, strengthen my resolve to reach those suffering in silence, disconnected from the world by the barrier of poor hearing.
Ironically, the most recent of these moments was at an audiology conference a couple years ago, down in Florida. I was stuffed up with a mild cold. But I’d resolved to attend anyway. And packed up my stuff hoping the sickness would go away. Spoiler alert: it didn’t.
On the plane ride over, my ears started feeling a little funny, just as we were reaching peak altitude. You know the sensation, when your ears clog up from pressure, diminishing your ability to hear.
Usually, all you need to do is open your mouth wide and move your jaw around to equalize the pressure and eliminate the unpleasant feeling.
Except this time, with my cold making my auditory system go haywire, my ears just wouldn’t pop.
It didn’t hurt luckily, but it definitely made hearing much more difficult.
I’m guessing I lost at least a little over 20 decibels, which qualifies in my office as “mild hearing loss.”
It drove me crazy right from the beginning.
I got off the plane hoping the problem would just go away across the conference. But as you might guess by now, it refused to quit.
During the entire event, whether I was listening to experts give talks on the main stage or networking with peers in the halls, I had to strain to understand anything that was being said.
Within a day, I noticed that I’d begun implementing many of the instinctive strategies I see patients use on the daily.
I had to concentrate at all times. Whenever I entered a conversation, I needed to make sure I could see the person’s face in front of me. So that I could lip-read and pick up on context clues.
I started putting on a big smile and bluffing that I could hear. Grinning and nodding to things I’d completely missed (and probably looking a little goofy in the process).
I found myself letting statements go without following up — a habit entirely out of my nature.
By the time my cold subsided and my ears finally popped, I was absolutely exhausted.
I’m the kind of person that relishes meeting new people and connecting with others. But with that little bit of added hearing loss, I found it taxing to even start a conversation.
Hearing loss makes communication tough. Fortunately it doesn’t have to be so difficult. There are solutions to improve your hearing.
If you or a loved one is tired of their hearing loss and is ready to make a change, give me a call at 617-934-6987 to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Hearing loss will always be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to dominate your life!
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