Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Help with Hearing Loss

Couple on bikes searches for help with hearing loss.

Even mild hearing loss can affect mood, interest in life, education, and job performance. Finding help with hearing loss can be a simple as finding a support group. Support groups for people with hearing loss provide them with unique opportunities and a broader range of information.

Joining a community of peers helps create a sense of belonging in people with hearing los and gives them a place to express themselves without fear of judgment or ridicule. It also helps people with hearing loss to deal with some important issues and can provide a support system and a place of learning. Hearing loss support groups allow people to find help with hearing loss in a number of important ways:

Reduce Depression and Anxiety--“Hearing loss can create a psychological solitary confinement,” writes Dr. Claudia Dewane in her article “Hearing Loss in Older Adults – Its effect on Mental Health.” That isolation leads to feelings of depression in many people. The inability to hearingin a crowded restaurant or social situations is difficult and frustrating, as is not being able to interact and communicate with people the way you used to.

Practical Advice-- hearing losscan cause stress not just for the person who has difficulty hearing, but for their family members as well. Not only does it inhibit communication, but a loved ones attempts to convey what hasn't been heard or repeat what they themselves said taxes them both emotionally and physically. Joining a group whose members understand these stresses and problems helps members share communication strategies and how other people have worked to strengthen family ties. This is real world advice that is above all practical.

Community-- Support groups for hearing loss are filled with people facing the same challenges in home, work, and in society. People who are involved in support groups tend to adjust more quickly to their hearing loss and have a greater sense of pride and manageability of their condition.

Advocacy-- Many support groups not only provide a place for those with hearing loss to interact, but are on the front lines of advocating for their members. Advocacy helps to support equality and change for people with hearing loss. For example, ALDA is known for its advocacy work in helping people with hearing loss to have equal access to information while traveling.

Information-- Treating hearing loss takes knowledge about hearing aids, audiologist, and assistive listening devices. Information about hearing loss makes the choices associated with this lifelong condition more manageable. Sites like Hearing Aid Forum brings together people from all over the world, including audiologists and helps people find answers to their most pressing questions not just about hearing aids, but about hearing loss. There are so many advancements and choices to sort through when it comes to hearing health, that it’s no surprise people are often confused on where to start research, but involvement with others allows for the exchange of ideas and gives the sense of fitting in with those who have similar concerns and questions.

Self Acceptance/Adaptability--Hearing loss is an invisible disability, so people with hearing loss can and often do disguise their condition. Being around other people who have hearing loss helps to bring it out in the open, make you more comfortable with sharing, and helps individuals to learn ways to adapt, so they can express themselves while living with the challenges of hearing loss.

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This guide will teach you:
▪ The 3 different types of hearing loss
▪ How to help a loved one hear you
▪ 8 different hearing aid styles
▪ Advances in digital and wireless hearing aid technology.


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