How to Begin Coping with Hearing Loss

When you first notice that you have trouble hearing, you may cope with it in many ways. First, you may not even see it yourself. Someone else may notice it before you do. You may also notice it and figure you’ll do something about it, eventually. Or you might even deny that it’s happening. These are all ways of coping, but they’re not very healthy or proactive ways. Here are some healthier ways to deal with your hearing loss.

First, schedule a test with an audiologist. This is mandatory to assess the extent of your hearing loss. Once you have the test completed, you can then move on to your options. Perhaps a hearing aid (or two) is right for you. Make sure you take the time to have them properly fitted and that they’re working at their best.

You will also need to change the way you communicate with people. You may feel like hearing loss is your problem, and you should be the only one who has to make adjustments. However, this is just not true. If others are to communicate with you, they may also need to make adjustments. For example, if you don’t understand what someone said to you, try not to say something that will prompt them to repeat what they said in the same manner. Explain what they can do to help you understand. Perhaps they need to speak more slowly, or they need to face you so that you can see their lips. Don’t be afraid to ask for the help you need.

That includes help with any psychological stumbling blocks. You may feel a personal sense of loss to accompany your hearing loss. You may feel other emotions, like anger or confusion. It might be helpful to ask your audiologist for a referral to a psychologist or other counselor who can help you sort through your feelings.