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Hearing loss: things you can and can’t control


Living with hearing loss can be a challenge. To make matters worse, many people affected by this health issue are too embarrassed to wear hearing aids and other assistive devices that could help them. Although it can be difficult to accept that you have trouble hearing, there are solutions. Here’s what you should know.

Things you can control

There are several things you can do that may help you deal with your hearing loss. Here are few of them:

  • Adjust your mindset. It isn’t always easy, but having a positive mindset allows you to embrace challenges, accept criticism and become more resilient.
  • Share your feelings with loved ones. Talking about your struggles with hearing loss can help reduce your feelings of frustration and strengthen your relationships with the people you confide in. Instead of isolating yourself, let the people who care about you know how you feel and what you need from them.
  • Position yourself for optimal hearing. When talking to someone, place yourself directly across from them. Facing the person you talk to can help you to pick up on their facial cues and body language.
  • Talk to a health-care professional. It’s important to speak with a qualified professional about your hearing concerns. They may be able to recommend an assistive device that’ll help enhance your ability to hear.

Things you can’t control

While there are many things within your control, there are others that you need to learn to accept. Here are some things that are beyond your control:

  • Your genetics. Hearing loss can run in families. You may be born with a hearing issue or develop one later in life. Unfortunately, you can’t change your genes.
  • Social stigma. Sadly, there’s some amount of stigma associated with hearing loss. You can’t control how other people perceive you, but you can try not to let it bother you.
  • Environmental noise. Loud restaurants and other noisy locations can be challenging for people with hearing loss. While you can’t always avoid these places, you might get some relief by wearing a hearing device that reduces background noise.

Hearing devices in Alberta

Soundwave Hearing Care offers an extensive selection of hearing aids, assistive listening devices and protective devices. We provide customized hearing care solutions in Calgary and the surrounding area. To learn more about our products and services, visit one of our locations or contact us today.

All the blogs are reviewed and edited by our clinic's lead audiologist, Dr. Anne Wooliams. Dr. Woolliams is an experienced audiologist specialized in pediatric audiology, auditory processing, and tinnitus/sound sensitivity therapy. She is dedicated to providing top-notch hearing care and helping her clients improve their language and communication abilities. Dr. Woolliams' expertise in literature and linguistics, combined with her passion for helping people improve their language and communication, make her an incredibly valuable asset in the field of audiology. Learn more about Dr. Woolliams.