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Hearing Loss: Challenge Accepted

With hearing loss, communication is a daily challenge. There are obstacles galore: mumblers, fast talkers, people who talk from other rooms, lack of captioning, assistive listening that isn’t maintained at venues and so much more. Getting accommodated, personal or public, can be a battle. Like all battles, we win some and we lose some. With learning resilience strategies, we begin to win more than we lose. Let’s face it, losing is part of nature. We cannot win them all. However, we can take the battles we lose and learn from them so we can do better next time. 

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Communication Access Communication Practices Emotions, Psychological Stress Hard of Hearing Hearing Loss Mental Health & Hearing Loss Personal advocacy Vulnerability

Resilience & Hearing Loss

 Let’s talk about how to use resilience to navigate hearing loss setbacks. For the month of May, we take a look at how to use several resilience strategies: flexibility, humor, social support, dealing with challenges and disappointments and so much more. We explore this topic with Gloria Pelletier (MSW, LCSW, LISAC) throwing light on the mental health aspects of resilience.

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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. 

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Emotions, Psychological Stress Hard of Hearing Hearing Aids Hearing Loss Mental Health & Hearing Loss

Grief For A Little Drop in Hearing

by Chelle Wyatt

Last month I shared my most recent experience getting a hearing test, Hearing Tests: Mixed Emotions. The red & blue lines on my audiogram have mingled together in the past but this time, my red line took a step away from the blue one. My word discrimination went from 60% to 40% in that ear, with amplification. The audiologist said, “It’s only a little loss.” True, it’s only a step down but I certainly feel the grief for that little bit of hearing loss.

Among the hard of hearing (HoH) tribe we all fear hearing tests. When I told people I was going for my hearing test appointment, my HoHs checked on me before I went in and wished me luck. They asked me to touch base with them after because they know every little drop in hearing counts. We collectively hold our breath until we get results. They will congratulate me if there’s no change and they sympathize if there is a change. 

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Being Comfortable with Hearing Loss

What’s your comfort level with hearing loss? 

Is it possible to be comfortable with hearing loss?

Chelle talks about shame and how she got over it. Julia covers the hearing side because hearing folks aren’t always comfortable with hearing loss.

Being comfortable with hearing loss means different things to different people. You can explore this topic with us all month with this blog, a podcast and through our YouTube channel.