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!
When it comes to hearing loss, it’s all about connection
Have you interacted with a person with a hearing loss? If you have not, chances are extremely likely, you will. There are millions of us who are hearing impaired. According to the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD) (2012)
- Approximately 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss.
- Approximately 15 percent (26 million) of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have high frequency-hearing loss due to exposure to loud sounds or noise at work or in leisure activities.
- Approximately 18 percent of American adults 45-64 years old, 30 percent of adults 65-74 years old, and 47 percent of adults 75 years old or older have a hearing loss.
Why care about hearing loss?
You should care because when you do, that person may be a family member, friend, customer, client, employer, employee…or even you. And you want to connect with them. They want to connect with you. YOU want to connect if you are the one who has the hearing loss.
My experience echoes the millions who struggle with being hard of hearing.
- 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. I share the lighter/humorous side of hearing loss
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!