Hearing Loss Need Not Be A Struggle For All Involved
North American Precis Syndicate
Improving your hearing can improve your relationships with friends and family. (NAPS)
by Lisa Klop, Au.D.
(NAPSI)—Robert Seidler, a seasoned filmmaker, ruptured both eardrums
while filming in an experimental aircraft. As an avid bicyclist, Seidler had
always found that riding created a “Zen-like” environment where
he could talk about important issues with those he loved. However, as his
hearing worsened, this special environment fell silent. He became
increasingly depressed and withdrawn, describing the loss as “profound
as a death.”
Seidler’s family and friends shared how his hearing loss affected
them during an interview for an online docuseries, It’s
Your Choice. Seidler’s daughter said, “Whenever I try to talk
to him, I have to repeat everything at least once. Conversation loses its
momentum.” Meanwhile, Seidler’s wife expressed concern that while
biking he might miss sounds alerting him to oncoming dangers. One of
Seidler’s closest friends shared the frustration that friends and
family of a person with hearing loss will recognize: “Would you please
get a hearing aid? Why won’t you do this?”
Frustrations Associated With
For the person with limited hearing, the negative emotions often include:
• Loneliness due to withdrawal from social situations because of
inability to keep up with conversations
• Embarrassment when misunderstanding what others say
• Fear their disability will contribute to people thinking
they’re “old” or “infirm”
• Frustration at not being able to easily understand speech or audio
from TV and movies
• Anxiety, stress and grief that can contribute to depression.
But they’re not the only ones affected. Friends feel hurt when their
invitations to come over or go out on the town are always turned down. Family
members run low on patience having to repeat themselves constantly, shout to
be heard, and live with the television volume so loud it’s painful.
Confronting Hearing Loss
Seidler finally met with a hearing care professional who diagnosed him as
having a high-frequency loss and fitted him with a pair of hearing aids.
During his first bike ride afterward, he discovered he could hold
conversations with ease. “The last time I heard like today, I was in my
20s,” Seidler said. “I’m 65 now. Pretty magical!” His
family and friends think the change is “pretty magical,” too.
Hearing aids do much more than help you hear. They transform the way
wearers like Seidler interact with the world, relieving negative emotions and
improving interpersonal relationships. If you have hearing loss but have been
putting off doing something about it, consider how it affects your
life—and everyone in it.
• Dr. Klop is a Sr.
Educational Specialist for Sivantos, Inc., the manufacturer of Signia brand
hearing aids. She is responsible for training customers and sales staff on
the company’s current technology and products. She conducts training
sessions in customers’ offices, remotely, via webinars, and at regional
and national events. Areas of particular expertise include hearing assistive
technology and fitting kids and teens. Prior to joining Sivantos (then
Siemens Hearing Instruments) in 2012, she operated a private dispensing
practice for six years. Other clinical experience includes hospital, ENT and
nonprofit clinics. Lisa obtained her doctorate degree in Audiology from
Central Michigan University in 2005.
aids do more than help you hear. They transform how you interact with the
world, relieve negative emotions and improve relationships. If you have
hearing loss but put off doing something about it, consider how it affects
your life and those in it. http://bit.ly/2GWgvYc”
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