Reconciling with Your Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can feel frustrating due to the lack of control that is experienced. When you enter a new environment, you don’t know what problems may arise because of background noise, seating arrangements, or the acoustics of the space. You never know if someone that you will need to listen to is going to mumble or speak too softly.
There is not much power that you have over your hearing loss, but you can manage your response to it and how to improve the loss as best as possible. One way that you can take back your power is by finding solace in your discomfort.
Finding Solace in Your Discomfort
Yoga. This style of exercise can help relieve stress, and keep your blood circulation flowing - which helps your entire body including your ears. You can try hot yoga, which can train your body to withstand discomfort.
Yoga participants do not control the heat in the room, or when the door is opened to let in fresh air. The only control that you have is your reaction to it. You can get up and leave, or stay in the room and endure the heat. This is a good way to train your impulse control. You can’t change the environment, but you can change how you react to it. Apply this mindset to your hearing loss or tinnitus symptoms.
If you would rather not sit in a heated room, or if it’s not safe for you to do so, try holding a yoga pose in a more comfortable environment. The yoga instructor may have you hold it longer than you are comfortable with, but you control your response.
Accepting Your Hearing Loss
The same mindset can be applied to your hearing loss. You cannot control how well you can hear in a particular environment or with certain people. What you can do is make peace with your lack of control. As a result, you can focus on how to change the circumstances in order to hear at your best.
Here are some tips on exercising control:
1. Acknowledge your hearing loss. This can be difficult, but if you accept and exude calmness in your hearing loss, others will feel at ease. They will feel more comfortable asking you questions and supporting you along the way. Although you cannot control your hearing loss, you shouldn’t let it take over your life.
2. Disclose your hearing loss with others. Hearing loss is not easily recognized by the average person. Let others know about your hearing loss so that you can effectively communicate with one another.
3. Be specific about what you need. Give more detailed information when asking for help. People are typically willing to help, but they most likely don’t know what to do. If you are going to a public venue, contact the establishment prior to going in order to find out what type of accommodations are available and request what you need. Get the most out of your outings by planning ahead of time.
4. Research technology. Learn about assistive listening devices and use them. There are devices like the Roger Select TM microphones or the Live Transcribe app that can be downloaded onto your smartphone. Remember, it will take some practice to use these tools.
5. Concentrate on what you can control. Use your energy on what you can take charge of - look for the seat in the room that will give you an optimal listening experience or ask people to face you when they speak. This is a good practice to incorporate in your life instead of hiding your hearing loss or being frustrated that you cannot hear clearly.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer a wide variety of hearing aid brands for people of all ages.
Please be aware that Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require repairs, re-fittings, and new hearing aid fittings. If you are having any problems with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before visiting one of our offices.
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