I would like to hear your stories – as a person with a hearing loss or as someone who lives with or is close to a person with a hearing loss.
My hope is that I will receive an embarrassment of riches and we can begin to start a conversation online with those who read my blog.
To get you thinking, it might help to have some examples. Several years ago I taught a rehab course for a group of adults who were newly deaf and their families. We talked about the challenges of being deaf and of living with someone struggling to hear.
Here are some of the frustrations those with a hearing loss identified:
• Several people talking at once around the dinner table.
• Cracking paper – it interferes with other sounds.
• Hollering or mumbling rather than speaking clearly.
• Feeling a burden asking others to repeat.
• ‘Sizzling’ car sounds. [I’m not sure what this is but it does sound rather dangerous!]
• Talking as soon as they come in the door. I can’t hear a thing!
Some frustrations experienced by their family members included:
• Refusing to consider hearing aids. [This can be a huge challenge as hearing loss often creeps up on you and it takes a while for the person with the loss to realize they are losing their hearing.]
• Disputes about sound levels for television, radio and other electronics.
• Not paying attention to what I am saying.
• He won’t wear his hearing aids.
• I’m unsure how to help.
Do any of these situations sound familiar? Are there other challenges you would like to share?
If you or a member of your family, immediate or extended, has a hearing loss and you would like to share your stories, please let me know. Or you may have grown up in a family where a parent, grandparent or sibling had a hearing loss. Or you could be a good friend with someone who is deaf and want to share your particular perspective. You can write about the highs and lows, the celebrations and the challenges, the frustrations and the sadness.
You can send me a few sentences or you can write several paragraphs. Whatever you want to share will be welcome.
I will keep your identity private unless you wish to be acknowledged and appreciate your willingness to contribute your story so that others can learn from your experiences.
Here’s how you do it. Send me your first name and email address through the ‘leave a comment’ section below so that we can correspond. I will write back to you, start the conversation and we’re off to the races!
I look forward to hearing your stories. I know I will learn a great deal from you.