Welcome to Hearing Loss Tips
Having trouble communicating? Connection?
Are you frustrated?
You are not alone.
Whether you have a hearing loss, or interact with those who have imperfect hearing – I am here to help you glean understanding, sensitivity, and tips to make communication and connection possible.
I have been profoundly hearing impaired since 4 years old, when a high fever sheared away about 60% of my hearing. I did not understand the dynamics of my hearing loss, how it is I manage to hear with what little hearing I do have, and the emotional impact of my loss until I was nearly forty years old. And that was just the beginning. A much broader awareness did not emerge until almost 10 years later! Much of what I experienced applies not just to one with a hearing loss, but to anyone with a diminished physical capability of any sort – real or perceived.
I am just as deaf as I am blind. The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus– the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir, and keeps us in the intellectual company of man. Blindness separates us from things but deafness separates us from people. – Helen Keller
After nearly 60 years of living with a hearing loss, I am familiar with:
- The negative consequences of not accepting the hearing loss (or one’s limitations in general)
- The avoidance of people or organizations/businesses that make it difficult for me to communicate with them.
- The isolation and depression that accompanies hearing loss.
- The strain hearing loss has on family and friends.
- The inconvenience of a hearing loss in a business setting.
- The diminished confidence due to a hearing loss.
- The negative, sometimes dangerous, consequences of “faking” that I hear
- The frustration and embarrassment of interacting with those who do not know how to talk to a person with imperfect hearing
- The pain of being rejected because of my diminished hearing
- The challenges of being a Toastmaster leader with a hearing loss (I was a Distinguished District Governor 2003-2004 for District 52).
- The liberation that comes with embracing the loss and working with myself and others to help me get along in my world.
- The satisfaction others experience when they successfully interact with me.
- The satisfaction of being connected to my world.
On this site I will address myths associated with hearing loss. I’ll impart knowledge about how to create satisfied and loyal clients, customers, family and friends that have imperfect hearing. I’ll share the technologies that are available to assist those of us with imperfect hearing I’ll share insights for successful, meaningful connection. It all comes from my personal experience, observations and study.
Hearing Loss Tips – the book
My book, “Hearing Loss Tips for Those Who Have It and Those Who Don’t” is a wonderful resource for understanding and dealing with hearing loss. I’ve received so much positive, appreciative feedback about the book.
I invite your thoughts, experiences and feedback. You can submit them via the contact form on the “about” page.
Here’s to meaningful connection!