Hearing Loss Coping Strategies: What Works and What Doesn’t?
We at Soundwave Hearing Care want to recommend visiting a clinic of ours in the Calgary, Grand Prairie, High River, and Lethbridge areas. We offer hearing aid and audiology services to anyone who needs them. Because we know that finding the best coping strategies for hearing loss can be a long process, we’d like to help you along a little with these lists of strategies that do and do not work:
If you haven’t yet gotten any hearing tests or consulted an expert at a hearing clinic in Calgary or Grand Prairie, you may have found yourself developing coping strategies without even knowing it. Here are just a few thing people do to correct for hearing loss that don’t really work:
What doesn’t work?
- Ignoring the problem. It’s obvious but, given how many people convince themselves they’re not experiencing hearing loss, it should be said. Hearing problems rarely go away on their own. Learn about the risks associated with untreated hearing loss.
- Constantly saying“what?” Another common reaction to hearing loss is to blame others for not speaking clearly. This rarely improves the situation.
- Cupping hands around your ears. It seems like a natural reaction to try to direct soundwaves to your ear but, in fact, it doesn’t really improve the essential problem, which is in the ear itself. For more myths about hearing loss visit our blog, “Fact of Fiction? 6 Myths Your Probably Believe about Hearing Loss”
- Withdrawing from social interaction. An unfortunate but common reaction to hearing loss is to simply withdraw from social interaction. This can lead to depression and other complications. Know, however, that you’ll only improve by getting out there and developing positive coping strategies.
What does work?
Luckily, there are a lot of coping strategies that work well. For instance:
- Enlisting your support network. Out of embarrassment or fear, many people try to hide their hearing loss. It’s best, however, to enlist family, friends and coworkers to help you out in developing practical coping strategies.
- Lip reading & body language. When combined with other coping strategies, lip reading can be a great help. Be sure to discuss it with and get training from a professional, however, as it is a difficult skill to master. Visit our blog “How Body Language Can Help You Communicate,” for more tips.
- Educating yourself about listening fatigue. When you start to lose your hearing, your body has to work harder to get the same results it used to when your hearing was better. The strain this puts on your faculties is very real and you should expect to cope with greater fatigue because of it.
- Getting a hearing device. One of the best ways to cope with hearing loss is to get some kind of hearing device from a hearing clinic. These technologies are improving every year and options are now so numerous that there are almost certainly hearing aids that are right for you.