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Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hearing Loss Denial Uncovered

Senior woman contemplates uncovering hearing loss denial.

The family member, friend, or spouse who recognize the hearing loss, long before their loved one, can have a hard time convincing them they need to see an audiologist. Hearing loss symptoms aren’t always obvious. Issues like depression, anxiety, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and paranoia increase dramatically with hearing loss but aren’t typically associated with it. If you're dealing with a loved one who has hearing loss

Probing as to why she had given up her much-loved activities, it slowly emerged that her worsening hearing, she did not identify it as hearing loss, meant she couldn't hear the things going on around her. She did not want to ruin everyone else's experience by repeatedly asking for things to be repeated and had decided instead to stay home. Lynda Zacks on her mother's hearing loss

After many attempts to communicate without correcting her hearing loss, she became exhausted and withdrew into herself. She avoided conversations and going out because she couldn’t always understand all the words and didn't see the point of struggling with communication. The idea of buying hearing aids didn't enter her mind, because she was embarrassed to admit her problem. As she told People Hearing Better, “It used to make me feel so dumb.” This misguided sentiment is internalized by many people with hearing loss, and often leads them to avoidance that intensifies feelings of isolation and difficulties with communication. Donna Hughes on her hearing loss

Initially she was adamant that her hearing was "just fine" and that new hearing aids wouldn't benefit her. However, we finally persuaded her to get her hearing checked by a hearing healthcare specialist. Grandma Rose was the only person surprised that day to find out her hearing had worsened, and that upgrading her hearing aids would be a huge benefit in how she perceived sounds. Grandma Rose

Hearing again changed my life, in multiple ways. I didn’t realize that I wasn’t participating in my own life because I couldn’t hear what was going on around me... my life was becoming smaller and smaller as I unknowingly pulled away especially in social situations. I was 38 when I got my hearing aids, too young to have this type of hearing loss, but old enough to realize that I needed them! Jennifer Yeaton

If you'd like to learn more about correcting hearing loss, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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