Have you been struggling to hear? Are you sleeping through one too many alarms, or having trouble following conversations? Hearing loss can be a major barrier to clear communication, affecting your relationships, your health, and your quality of life.
Better Speech and Hearing Month
Each May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) works to raise awareness of speech and language disorders in an effort to reduce the stigma around hearing loss and other communication disorders. This year, the theme of Better Speech and Hearing Month is Communication for All, encouraging everyone to recognize hearing loss or other communication disorders, and seek treatment. You can find more information and resources for Better Speech and Hearing Month at http://www.asha.org/bhsm/.
Hearing Loss is Isolating
“The problems of deafness,” said Helen Keller, “are deeper and more complex than blindness…it means the loss of the most vital stimulus–the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir, and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.” If you’re struggling to hear, you know what an isolating experience it can be. You feel disengaged from the world around you, and even worse, from your loved ones. With clear communication under strain, it’s only a matter of time until someone’s frustration boils over, leaving everyone feeling tense and anxious. Those living with hearing loss tend to distance themselves from friends, stay home more often, and stop communicating.
Admitting You Have Hearing Loss
One of the hardest steps in dealing with your hearing loss is admitting you can’t hear as well as you used to. That’s why this May we challenge you to look carefully at your hearing and see how it’s been affecting your daily life. Hearing loss is often a gradual process that can sneak up on you when you’re least expecting it. In fact, your family is more likely to recognize your hearing loss than you are. If your family says your hearing is deteriorating or are always complaining that the TV is turned up too loud, take them seriously. No one wants to admit that they’re straining to follow conversations, or that they laugh to cover up the fact they didn’t hear the punchline of a joke but admitting you have hearing loss will change your life in the best possible way.
After you’ve admitted to yourself, and your family and friends, that you have hearing loss, the next step is seeking treatment. You’ll be amazed at the difference a discreet pair of hearing aids can make in your life. Take Cleone Mcaplin for example. Before she got hearing aids, she was struggling to hear most sounds, and wasn’t able to communicate well with her husband or her friends. She was nervous the first time she put in her hearing aids but felt a huge wave of relief. They were comfortable, easy to wear, and life changing! Mcaplin’s husband started talking to her from another room to see what she could hear, and to their amazement and joy she could hear every word! “I could hear a noise as small as a pin dropping on the hard ground and a baby crying from the top floor of our apartment building,” says Mcaplin. She attributes the continued success of her marriage to her hearing aids.
Proudly Wearing Your Devices
Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, and many choose to wear hearing aids. Hearing devices of today are discreet, nearly invisible devices, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show them off. Breaking down barriers to communication is something to celebrate, not hide. Wear your devices proudly and flaunt how well you’re hearing.
Many recent studies show that wearing hearing aids improves relationships, both among family and friends. When you can communicate easily you’ll remove a lot of stress and prevent misunderstandings and miscommunication.
Visit us at Moore Audiology to participate in Better Speech and Hearing Month! After a comprehensive hearing test, we’ll walk you through your options and show you a range of quality hearing devices from the world’s top brands. Overwhelmed by choice? We’ll talk about your lifestyle and hearing needs, and help you narrow it down to the hearing aid that will change your world and break down your barriers to clear communication.