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The New Norm with Hearing Loss

This new norm with hearing loss can and often leads to an identity crisis. Who am I now that I have a hearing loss? What happened to all my skills? Will I ever be the same? How do I find a path back to my level of skills prior to hearing loss? Can I even do that? 

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Hearing Loss as an Identity Crisis

When we think of hearing loss we don’t automatically think that we enter into an identity crisis.  For some, “The situation is very different for late-deafened adults. These individuals have developed a personality that does not incorporate hearing loss. They have jobs, families, and personalities and relate to those aspects of their lives as fixed. When hearing loss occurs, it is a very disorienting experience. Rapid losses are more disorienting than gradual losses. Late-deafened adults often report that their hearing loss robs them of an understanding of their identity and often initiates an identity crisis. They may manifest a “reactive” depression and/or anxiety in response to a typically external situation.”  The Psychology of Hearing Loss | The ASHA Leader

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Tinnitus Awareness Week 2024

It’s Tinnitus Awareness Week, February 5th through the 11th. Are you aware of your tinnitus this week? I am! Any time someone says the word “tinnitus”, or I read it, I become AWARE of all the noise in my head. I bet you do too. 

Written by Chelle

How much it impacts us depends on where we are on the journey. It also depends on how quiet the room is and how stressed out we might be. Sometimes it’s the food we eat (caffeine, salt and – heavens forbid – chocolate), the meds we take or how tired we might be. For some people, loud noises create spike tinnitus. Tinnitus is as individual as audiograms. We are all a little bit different but we experience some sort of sound.

Green static background.
A red frequency line.
Tinnitus
Pronounced 
tin-it-us AND Tin-nigh-tus
Either way works.
Made for tinnitus awareness week 2024
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Hearing Loss Limits

No doubt about it, hearing loss imposes limits on our communication and participation. Feeling our way through new limits after big drops is a challenge. The new limits imposed on us can be overwhelming and isolating. It takes time to grieve for them and then heal. 

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Grief: Hearing Loss & Healing

There is grief with hearing loss. It is possible to heal from it.

This post is written by Gloria Pelletier (M.S.W., L.C.S.W., L.I.S.A.C.) unless otherwise noted. This is the foundation for the workshop, which explores other aspects of grief.  

The ability to hear connects us to our world in many ways.  From treasured contact with friends and family to maximum performance in the workplace to physical safety.  Hearing provides deep and important connections that no other sense can replace.”  (Hearing.org)

Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people,is a moving quote often attributed to the famed 20th-century activist and educator Helen Keller, who achieved a remarkable career championing the deaf and blind. Those with serious hearing loss often cite this quote. (AARP)