Someone who may struggle with hearing loss, but doesn't think they need to get checked.
Tom: Your hearing is not magically going to correct itself overnight and the longer someone waits to get help, the more difficult it is to help them. As we lose our hearing, we also begin to lose our ability to discriminate sound. That discrimination ability is difficult to improve and the longer one waits, the more challenging it becomes. A visit to the Audiologist is painless, and sometimes help is simply removing some wax build up from your ears.
Carrie: I never had one single adult in my office who really believed they had a hearing loss. Every patient I saw was truly surprised when I showed them and explained their hearing loss. My advice would be: stop focusing on hearing loss as a problem. What I kept hearing from patients was that everyone was telling them what was wrong with them. No one wants to be told they have a medical problem – that’s scary and upsetting. Instead, tell them how much you care about them, how much you want them to participate in everything in your family – little things like watching TV and big things like weddings and graduation parties. Tell them that you want them around for a really long time and hearing is a key part of a long and happy life.
Helen Keller said it best. She was asked once if she could have only ONE sense back, which would she choose? Sight or hearing? Everyone was shocked when she said she’d rather be blind than deaf. She explained it like this: “Being blind separates me from things. Being deaf separates me from people.”