WHAT? I CAN’T HEAR YOU
Many of us are hard of hearing, if not increasingly deaf. As Baby Boomers join our ranks, problems for others get more annoying, both for us, who miss a lot, and for friends and family becoming accustomed to having repeat everything.
Remember, being deaf or partially so: IT’S NOT OUR FAULT. If we became this way due to infection, loud concerts, work conditions, or heredity, it is a distressing condition we hate and would change if we could.
If communication is hard in your household, here’s a fast tip: don’t try to talk to someone in another room or with their back to you. Catch their eye, touch their arm, make sure they can see your lips. Lip reading is possible for many sufferers.
See about hearing aids as soon as possible. Get tested. Measure the rate of deterioration, and head off loss of communication as soon as you can.
Hearing loss has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s as the sufferer slips out of the customary world. Get the very best hearing aids you can afford. And wear them. The aids are not worth a hill of beans if they are in a drawer somewhere.
Practice using them in a wide range of situations, develop different programs for various environments.
If you can’t afford the hearing aids, ask your hearing specialist about refurbished ones. Trade-ins may be workable and certainly better than nothing.
Get the best but get wired. Your brain demands it.
Stop saying “What did you say?” and join the world.