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Improvements for Hearing Loss Technology

While technology is better than ever for hearing loss, there’s still room for improvement. Those who have been wearing hearing aids for years love the technology…for the most part. We have more options than ever but there are some frustrations.

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When Hearing Loss Technology Goes Right

There are more options than ever for hearing loss thanks to technology. Having technology available gives us more options for living life than ever before. From hearing aids, to smartphones, assistive listening and remote CART/live captioning capabilities. We love technology.

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Accommodations for Hearing Loss

Let’s talk about accommodations for hearing loss for Better Communication Month. May used to be known as Better Hearing and Speech Month. It’s been changed to National Speech-Language-Hearing Month, which doesn’t slide out as well as it used to. ASHA, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, recently changed the name to match theirs. Whatever we want to call it (we see others using mixed titles), May is dedicated to educating the general public about communication disorders. Hearing loss is considered a communication disorder because we lose receptive communication.

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Unrealistic Expectations with Hearing Aids

Unrealistic expectations of hearing aids contribute to identity crisis, imposter syndrome and ableism. Hearing aids, and cochlear implants, have limits. If we don’t know about the limits, we get sucked into doubting ourselves (what’s wrong with me), doubting our abilities (how come I can’t…) and doubting our place in this world (where do I belong). It affects confidence. 

Hearing devices help! No doubt about that. With hearing devices, we hear more of our environment and more sounds of speech. Hearing loss is less work with hearing aids. Lipreading is less work with hearing. However, hearing aids, and cochlear implants, do not restore us to normal hearing. We do not go fully back to where we were before the loss. 

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Imposter Syndrome with Hearing Loss

Do people with hearing loss feel imposter syndrome? We do but before we get into that, let’s look at the definition for imposter syndrome. The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary says it is a condition characterized by persistent doubt concerning one’s abilities or accomplishments. It is accompanied by the fear of being exposed as a fraud despite evidence of one’s ongoing success.