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A Serious Issue

We’re now going to touch on the seriousness of this issue. Maybe as a child growing up, you may have experienced hearing issues that carried on through grade school.

All too often, most parents don’t recognize this in their children until it’s too late.

Youngsters with some type of impairment, aren’t provided with the communication tools they need to function through everyday life.

This disability isn’t a physical condition that you simply can ignore, going about your daily life as if it weren’t there.

Deafness can affect every aspect of your family, work and social interactions. It can affect your self-confidence and sense of identity.

For many people hearing loss is an ongoing challenge, one that can result in feeling isolated from family and friends. If need not be this way.

Your life doesn’t necessarily have to change for the worse. Acknowledging your impairment as a fact of life is the first step toward overcoming and reducing the consequences of deafness.

Dealing with the challenges of deafness may also require changing some attitudes and behaviors.

Many people are uncomfortable with change and find it difficult to actually make changes in life.

But learning to live with your situation enables you to stay engaged with your family and friends and participate in and enjoy a wide range of activities.

PARTIAL DEAFNESS AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE

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Turning a deaf ear.
Sounds help to anchor you to the world. Sounds can give you pleasure and contribute to a sense of belonging.
Sounds can also alert you to danger or opportunity.
Partial impairment can deprive you of hearing the laughter and easy conversation between friends and family or the inspiring sounds of nature on a forest trail.

Activities such as talking on the phone, eating at a restaurant, traveling, attending religious services, classes or concerts, and watching movies become more difficult for many people suffering thru deafness.

Even something as basic as grocery shopping or running errands can pose challenges.

Sometime losing your hearing often happens gradually over several years. For that reason it may take a long time to recognize that you’re having trouble hearing.

Family and friends may notice your inability to communicate before you do. Initially you may deny or try to minimize your impairment, perhaps because you still hear certain sounds well, or you convince yourself that other people need to speak more.

But denying your hearing difficulties or blaming them on external factors won’t make the problem go away. 

In my next article, I’ll present strategies for improving your ability to communicate and for finding emotional and financial support.

The coping strategies will describe practical techniques such as assertive communication, and speech reading.

Assisitive Listening System

Even with the most powerful hearing aid, if you have a hearing problems, you’ll probably have a fair amount of trouble hearing in a large chamber such as an auditorium.

Background noise and vibration can compound your ability to hear and interfere with your ability to pick up specific sounds.

Because of this, large public meeting rooms, concert halls, auditoriums, and churches are sometimes equipped with one of a

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number of different alternative listening-device systems, including induction systems, infrared systems, audio loop systems, direct audio input (DAI), and extension microphones (including AM and FM transmission systems).

 

Living With A Disability

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We’re now going to touch on the seriousness of this issue. All too often, folks with some type of impairment aren’t provided with the communication tools they need to function through everyday life.

Deaf or partial deafness isn’t a physical condition that you simply can ignore, going about your daily life as if it weren’t there.

This can affect every aspect of your family, work and social interactions. It can affect your self-confidence and sense of identity.

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Father, who has hearing loss, spends time with his son.

For many people this disability is an ongoing challenge, one that can result in feeling isolated from family and friends. If need not be this way.

Your life doesn’t necessarily have to change for the worse.

Acknowledging your impairment as a fact of life is the first step toward overcoming and reducing the consequences of deafness.

Dealing with the challenges of deafness may also require changing some attitudes and behaviors.

Many people are uncomfortable with change and find it difficult to actually make changes in life.

But learning to live with your problem enables you to stay engaged with your family and friends and participate in and enjoy a wide range of activities.

SOUNDS

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Sounds help to anchor you to the world. Sounds can give you pleasure and contribute to a sense of belonging. Sounds can also alert you to danger or opportunity.

Hearing impairment can deprive you of hearing the laughter and easy conversation between friends and family or the inspiring sounds of nature on a forest trail.

Simple sounds that people take for granted, the hearing impaired would love to take the place of a hearing person any day.

Complexity Regarding Hearing

The complexity of the ear means that it is vulnerable to damage from a wide variety of sources – disease, genetic disorders, infection, noise, or accidents.

Each age has its unique susceptibility: the fetus, because the ear mechanism is under-going rapid development; the child,

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vulnerable to a host of ototoxic diseases; the adult, prey to the disintegration of the ear due to normal aging.

PRENATAL CAUSES OF HEARING LOSS. Loss of hearing from prenatal causes occurs in between 7 and 20 percent of deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

Significantly, most of these prenatal causes are preventable.

The three major threats to the hearing mechanism of a woman’s unborn baby are viral diseases, ototoxic drugs (drugs that can harm hearing), and the woman’s health during pregnancy.

Of these, the biggest threat to prenatal ear development is viral disease contracted by a pregnant mother.

The most dangerous of all the viral diseases from the stand-point of hearing is rubella, though damage also can be caused by the mother’s infection with influenza, mumps, toxoplasmosis (protozoan infection), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and herpes.

In fact, almost any severe infection can damage the developing fetal hearing mechanism, especially during the first trimester, when the fetus seems to be especially vulnerable.

Only the common cold appears to carry no threat to an unborn child’s ears.

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5 comments on “How To Deal With Hearing Loss | Touching On Reality”

  • This page is great I love it as it touches on the childhood and parenting it states about a specific disability . This is one subject I am not to familiar with so I found it very good. I like the layout it lets you know that you are reading about children. Its really a nice page and the niche is different so it makes it unique.

    • Hi Christina. Thank you for dropping in and commenting. Thank you for the page compliment. Glad you liked it. Hearing loss affects millions of children and adults all over the world. This is so unfortunate for families.

      I realized early on that this is an excellent niche, whereas; much more information is needed to cover a subject so broad. There are special tools needed and now offered to deaf children. Things such as special games, cd, ebooks, etc; are available.

      I recommend that folks learn sign language, regardless if they have a disabled child of not. When in the ‘non-hearing’ community, these signing skills would truly come in handy. Teaching jobs, related to the hearing impaired, would always be available to those experienced in the field.

      There are many others who would write on this same subject, it’s just a matter of who write the best and most informative articles. 

      Thank you Christina for commenting. Let me know if I can help you further.   

  • Hearing loss and deafness is a condition that, I admit, I know every little about. I don’t know anyone in my life who suffers from this, but I can imagine a little that in the beginning and can feel limiting and repressive. However, with sign language, brail and closed captioning, I think it is a lot easier for people with disabilities to navigate this sometimes confusing world (even to those who can hear perfectly) and even thrive. I want to eventually have kids, so the section on preventable measures that can be taken by the mother to avoid her child suffering from hearing loss hits close to home. Although I don’t have any of the illnesses listed, it makes me that much more aware that I need to stay healthy to insure my child’s health.
    Mr. Kennedy, do you happen to have anyone in your family or close to you with a hearing disability?

    • Hi Wendi and thanks for commenting. Yes, my stepfather and a couple people I worked with on past jobs suffered from hearing loss or impartial hearing. My dad’s hearing just got worse, because my mom waited too long to correct his hearing with a good hearing aid. Wendi, here are some statistics regarding hearing issues::

      48 million Americans have a significant hearing loss.Over 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents.14% of those ages 45-64 have some type of hearing loss15% of children between the ages of 6-19 have a measurable hearing loss in at least one ear.Hearing loss occurs in 5 out of every 1,000 newborns.

      With the help of signing and education, many hearing folks can now communicate better with the non-hearing community. A smooth transition for all. 

      You don’t have to know anything about hearing loss, but just by looking at these statistic Wendi, you know it’s a serious issue in America. You mentioned about having children one day. Great! By monitoring your own health and following what I posted, you’re able to ensure yourself a healthy and normal childbirth.

      Thanks again for commenting Wendi. Let me know if I can do anything else for you

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