One of the most painful aspects of hearing loss is the fact that it’s invisible to everyone around us.
When folks see someone in a wheelchair. Or tapping the sidewalk ground with a white cane. It’s easy to recognize their disability and take the appropriate actions to accommodate or help them out.
But when you ask a loved one to repeat themselves for the third time in a row. They’re more likely to be annoyed than to be sympathetic. After all, to them it just seems like you’re not listening. Even if in reality, you’re listening as carefully as you possibly can with your damaged auditory system.
I don’t suffer myself from hearing loss, but every once in awhile I catch a glimpse of what it must be like for those who do.
Just the other day I was at the grocery store, trying to order a cut of meat. I happened not to hear something the women at the counter said. And asked her as kindly as possible to please repeat herself.
She looked at me with a grimace on her face and spat out the sentence I’d missed at full volume. Her tone dripping with annoyance. It was completely uncalled for. I felt like I’d been emotionally assaulted! It didn’t take me long to realize,
“Oh my god, this is what my patients have to deal with on a regular basis!”
As hearing loss worsens gradually over years and years, we subconsciously develop defensive strategies to deal with it.
We begin to nod and smile when in conversation. Even if we didn’t actually hear the witty observation our partner made. We answer questions without actually knowing what we’re responding to.
And worst of all, rather than risk the nasty, fraught interactions like I had with the woman at the meat counter. We plop ourselves down in front of the TV all day instead of going out into the world.
Oftentimes, since the world can’t see the hardship your hearing loss causes you, you refuse to acknowledge it at all.
But make no mistake: Hearing loss is a serious issue, with serious consequences.
And it warrants treatment just like any other disability. People wouldn’t hesitate to wear glasses if their eyesight begins to falter. Why should hearing aids be any different?
There’s no reason to struggle against the uphill battle of disability when a solution is within your grasp. If you’re ready to take action and get the treatment you deserve, give me a call at 617-934-6987 today!