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Breaking Hearing Loss Stigmas One Conversation At A Time

Those affected by hearing loss may have dif culty explaining how their life changed when they began to lose their hearing. Though it can be di cult to articulate what it’s like to live with hearing loss, speaking up can be very empowering. This guide can help you through those conversations.

Educating others empowers them and yourself to change hearing loss stigmas. How you respond to your hearing loss can in uence how others do as well.

Research tells us that concealing your hearing loss can create tension in your social or professional life that could negatively a ect your health and well-being. On the other hand, talking about it alleviates the strain of trying to hide the condition. Plus, it increases your chances of nding a support network with others who understand.

To be a successful advocate, the most essential trait you can have is openness. As an advocate, it’s important to communicate fully and have the con dence to request this openness from others. Good advocates are tenacious, patient, and gracious toward those who help their cause.

It’s also a good idea to talk to your physician. Oftentimes they do not screen for hearing loss during a physical. Remind them that screening for hearing loss is important because it can be a window into your overall health. By bringing this to their attention, who knows who else you’ll be helping?

What Should I Ask Before Buying Or Upgrading My Hearing Aids?

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Q: How do I really know if I need new hearing aids?

Maintaining regular evaluations will help us make accurate recommendations as your hearing needs— and technology options—evolve over time. Much like computer and phone technology, hearing technology has been advancing dramatically every 3-5 years. Make sure you understand your options. Many new devices can connect with phones, TVs, computers, and radios to enhance your listening experience.

Q: There are so many hearing aids. Which one is right for me now?

It depends on your level of hearing difficulty and how you live your life. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions, despite what some retailers would have you believe. Do you find yourself in a lot of high-noise environments? Do you lead a quieter lifestyle? Is your hearing loss on the high or low end of the sound-frequency spectrum? Understanding who you are and how you like to spend your time is central to finding the most effective technology options, no matter if it’s your first set or if you are ready for an upgrade.

Q: Who is fitting my technology? Why does this matter?

Having an experienced professional who is not only dedi- cated to helping you achieve your better-hearing goals, but one who understands the importance of fine-tuning your instruments after your initial fitting is the difference between achieving better hearing and putting your tech- nology in a drawer in frustration. Make sure your provider is skilled at working with all makes and models of hearing aids, and can make expert recommendations when you decide that it’s time for new technology. Your provider is essential to bringing your hearing into focus: Contact us.