Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss

Coming to Terms with Your Hearing Loss

In Friends & Family, Hearing Loss by Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Jennifer G. Mayer purchased South Shore Hearing Center in January 2016. She was born and raised in Swampscott, MA. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing in 1996 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and her Master’s degree in audiology from the Northeastern University in 1998. Dr. Mayer fulfilled her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) in 1999 at Hear USA and Cape Cod Ear, Nose and Throat.
Jennifer G. Mayer, Au.D., CCC-A

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Do you have hearing loss? Many Americans wait on average five to seven years before seeking treatment for their hearing loss! Part of the reason for this is that those with hearing loss may not realize their hearing has deteriorated. Hearing loss is often a gradual process, and you might not notice the day to day changes to your hearing or the fact that you haven’t heard the birds chirping outside in several months. However, even when you do realize you’re struggling to hear the TV or follow conversations, you might not want to treat your hearing loss. Coming to terms with your hearing loss is an important step to doing the right thing for your hearing health and overall quality of life.

Denying Hearing Loss

If you’re like most people, you’re probably denying your hearing loss. Admitting to hearing loss can seem embarrassing, and in the short term it seems easier to deny that you have hearing loss all together. You may decide that your hearing loss isn’t so bad, or that it’s only affecting one of your ears and not affecting your quality of life. Hearing loss is often a gradual process, and this makes it much harder to accept that your hearing has changed.

The reason many people are in denial about their hearing loss is that they assume that admitting to their hearing loss is the same as accepting the fact that they’re over the hill, or losing their independence. However, people of all ages have hearing loss, and even children and teenagers struggle to hear. Having a hearing loss is very common, and for those over the age of 70, half will have hearing loss. Living with hearing loss as you age means you won’t be able to enjoy the best years of your life, effortlessly understand your grandkids, and have deep conversations with the people that matter the most. Denying hearing loss reduces your quality of life, and robs you of some of the things you love the most.

Blaming Others for Your Hearing Loss

After you’ve begun to realize that you can’t hear as well as you used to, and aren’t in denial about your hearing loss, you might start to blame others for your inability to hear. You may become annoyed at family and loved ones for not speaking loudly enough, or may blame everyone around you for mumbling. You don’t want to add an audiologist to your list of doctors and specialists, and don’t want to invest money in hearing devices. These are all barriers when you begin to come to terms with your hearing loss. Your family may become angry as well, thinking you’re ignoring them on purpose when you fail to respond to a question you didn’t hear, or feeling upset that you’re not willing to book a hearing test.

How Hearing Aids Can Help

Hearing aids can give you back your independence, and allow you to spend time doing all the things you love the most, whether it’s spending time with loved ones or exploring a new hobby. You’ll be able to lead a fulfilling life, enjoying clear hearing, and not having to face the daily embarrassment of not being able to hear. Your hearing loss won’t affect your decisions, and you can enjoy every moment of your day. At home, at work, or out with friends, you’ll never have to apologize for your hearing loss. Coming to terms with your hearing loss and seeking treatment will mitigate the effects of hearing loss in your life.

South Shore Hearing Center

Your new hearing devices are nothing like the hearing aids you might be imagining, the ones you saw your uncle wear many years ago, that had a lot of feedback and didn’t seem to help in many listening situations. At South Shore Hearing Center, we work with the world’s top hearing aid manufacturers who produce the best hearing aids in the world. They’ll help you hear clearly in every listening situation, from a crowded restaurant or a windy afternoon at the park, to the echoing meeting room at the office. With hearing aids you’ll be able to focus on exactly what you want to hear, and spend your time on the important things in your life.