We all have emotions and we need emotions. Emotions are not good or bad, they are just an integrated part of who we are. However, when something physical goes wrong, it can impact on how we feel and think about the issue. Hearing loss certainly contributes to our feelings, our thoughts and which way they go. Hearing loss impacts the ability to communicate with others and to be in control and aware of your environment. When you lose those abilities, it becomes distressing, sad and frustrating.
What emotions are drawn out by hearing loss?
Feelings of insecurity
Feelings of loneliness
Feelings of being lost
Feelings of being left out
Feeling a need to withdraw
That is a lot!! However, there are options and it is important to look at what options will be helpful to you. Each person is different and one size does not fit all. You will have to explore what will fit your needs.
Explore hearing aids - whether for the first time or upgrade
Explore cochlear implants or BAHAs if hearing aids are no longer an option
Hearing loss says it all - IT IS A LOSS. Consider short term counseling. Counseling can address couples counseling, family counseling or individual counseling. Counseling can also address trauma, anxiety, anger, depression and more. Consider it, try it out! You lose nothing in trying.
Worried about your safety? - look into the needed tools for your environment: flashing doorbells, flashing or vibrating smoke detectors, storm or other emergency alert systems. Consult with your local fire department, they might have a special smoke detector for your needs, free of charge.
You don't have to do it alone. Connect with others who have hearing loss. Finding a mentor can be very helpful
Still having communication issues? Consult with your audiologist, they can give you some great tips
Frustrated with phone conversations: consider getting a phone with captions. Consult with your audiologist or with your local state hearing loss services. Captioned phones are usually free.
Having struggles at work? Consult with a therapist or your audiologist, solutions abound.
Having issues at school? A counselor can give you a hand. You might need a one on one conversation with teachers and instructors on what will be helpful to you for each class.
You are your best advocate, practice speaking up for your needs. Keep your statements in "I". "I have a need for this. "it would to helpful to me if..."