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Hearing Loss & Confidence

Confidence is hard to come by with hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss can suck the confidence right out of us. It creates continuous doubt… 

  • “Did I hear that right?” This keeps us from speaking up along with, “What if someone makes fun of me?” 
  • “What if I go and can’t hear?” Or, “What if it’s too noisy?” And, “It’s too much work to be out there.” It’s easier to stay home.
  • “What if people get impatient talking to me?” This may be because someone in our past was impatient with repeats. Now we layer that thought onto everyone else. “What if everyone thinks hearing loss is a pain in the ass?”

Ableism from society also chips away at our confidence. 

  • Lack of understanding of accommodations for those with hearing loss.
    • Resistance of live captioning, and/or showing open captions.
    • Assistive listening not being well maintained. Getting the cheapest system, instead of offering a quality listening experience.
  • People thinking our hearing aids fix our hearing loss.
    • “Are your ears on?”
    • “Turn up your hearing aids/cochlear implant!” As if volume is all we need.
  • Forgetting it takes two to communicate. Not facing us to communicate. This happens out in public (facing each other talking used to be the polite thing to do, a social norm). It also happens at home and with friends too.
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Hard of Hearing Hearing Loss Lipreading Personal advocacy Self Advocacy Speechreading/Lipreading

Is Lipreading Possible?

Is lipreading possible? Yes it is! We all lipread to some degree, hard of hearing and hearing people too. It is possible to improve your communication by learning the lipreading strategies.

Is it 100% accurate? No, there are too many variants. Some people really do mumble. Others who don’t move their lips. There are men with big bushy mustaches and beards and there are people who are monotone. Yes, that affects ‘lipreading’ too, and much more. 

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Hearing Loss & the Holidays: Listening Fatigue

Holiday fatigue is a real thing and there is listening fatigue with hearing loss. Put the two together and we have a double whammy. While at noisy holiday gatherings, people who have normal hearing have the ability to filter out background noise and zero in on speech. You may have heard of this as the “cocktail party effect”.  Those of us with hearing loss have a harder time filtering noise so we have the “cocktail party problem”, also called “cocktail party deafness”. Conversation in a noisy environment is exhausting!

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Hearing Loss & the Holidays: Using Assistive Technology

Technology can help those with hearing loss during the holidays. Hearing aids are a great start. Are you getting the most out of your hearing aids and cochlear implants? Smartphone apps are up and coming and can be helpful as well. Using assistive technology can help lighten the load and increase participation for everyone. 

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Hearing Loss Community Members: Terri Shirley

We’d like to invite you to get know some of our hearing loss community members. Why? Because they provide valuable resources and inspire us. Spreading hearing loss awareness is going to take a lot of us working together and as individuals. Connections in the community provide more resources and ways to get the word out.