The Emotions of Losing Hearing andThe Emotions of Losing Hearing and
a Bridge to Healinga Bridge to Healing
Our EgoOur Ego
Our ego is attached to our health. We like toOur ego is attached to our health. We like to
think of ourselv...
Perceived Solutions toPerceived Solutions to
“Hearing Difficulties”“Hearing Difficulties”
Getting angry at people if you c...
Denying Hearing LossDenying Hearing Loss
Denial is the rejection of what’s reallyDenial is the rejection of what’s really
...
Isolation and AvoidanceIsolation and Avoidance
Impaired Hearing adds to isolation.Impaired Hearing adds to isolation.
Givi...
Frustration and DefeatFrustration and Defeat
In any family where a member hasIn any family where a member has
impaired hea...
AngerAnger
People who are angry over hearing lossPeople who are angry over hearing loss
have a right to be angry. It is su...
Selfishness and ResentmentSelfishness and Resentment
Living with someone who refuses to getLiving with someone who refuses...
RejectionRejection
Many hearing impaired people areMany hearing impaired people are
rejected by others who do not know ofr...
The StallThe Stall
““It’s not bad enough that I need hearingIt’s not bad enough that I need hearing
aids!….Is it?”aids!….I...
Acceptance and Moving OnAcceptance and Moving On
Expectations versus ActualExpectations versus Actual
PerformancePerforman...
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The emotions of hearing loss

  1. 1. The Emotions of Losing Hearing andThe Emotions of Losing Hearing and a Bridge to Healinga Bridge to Healing
  2. 2. Our EgoOur Ego Our ego is attached to our health. We like toOur ego is attached to our health. We like to think of ourselves as being in shape, with athink of ourselves as being in shape, with a good heart, teeth, bones, vision-and goodgood heart, teeth, bones, vision-and good hearing. To resist the reality of hearing losshearing. To resist the reality of hearing loss perpetuates miss-communication and theperpetuates miss-communication and the emotions that go with not hearing well. If weemotions that go with not hearing well. If we ignore it, or stop thinking about it, the problemignore it, or stop thinking about it, the problem doesn’t go away.doesn’t go away.
  3. 3. Perceived Solutions toPerceived Solutions to “Hearing Difficulties”“Hearing Difficulties” Getting angry at people if you can’t hearGetting angry at people if you can’t hear them. These are often interchanged.them. These are often interchanged. Watching Television and you can’t hear theWatching Television and you can’t hear the dialogue.dialogue. I hear, but I don’t understand the wordsI hear, but I don’t understand the words clearly.clearly. Your reactions will be most influenced by howYour reactions will be most influenced by how you feel about yourself and the world aroundyou feel about yourself and the world around you, and how other people close to you reactyou, and how other people close to you react to your problem.to your problem.
  4. 4. Denying Hearing LossDenying Hearing Loss Denial is the rejection of what’s reallyDenial is the rejection of what’s really happening to your body.happening to your body. Denial is an act of concealment, andDenial is an act of concealment, and sometimes the ultimate deception tosometimes the ultimate deception to oneself.oneself. Excuses - RationalizeExcuses - Rationalize Compensation - Ways to get around theCompensation - Ways to get around the loss.loss.
  5. 5. Isolation and AvoidanceIsolation and Avoidance Impaired Hearing adds to isolation.Impaired Hearing adds to isolation. Giving up activities that you use to loveGiving up activities that you use to love doing.doing. When you’re isolated, you cut yourselfWhen you’re isolated, you cut yourself off from the world around you and fromoff from the world around you and from the people you love.the people you love. Avoiding situations that may be difficult,Avoiding situations that may be difficult, choose to do nothing to resolve issues.choose to do nothing to resolve issues.
  6. 6. Frustration and DefeatFrustration and Defeat In any family where a member hasIn any family where a member has impaired hearing, you’ll also findimpaired hearing, you’ll also find frustration. In fact, the longer thefrustration. In fact, the longer the avoidance of hearing loss goes on,avoidance of hearing loss goes on, often, the greater the frustrations.often, the greater the frustrations.
  7. 7. AngerAnger People who are angry over hearing lossPeople who are angry over hearing loss have a right to be angry. It is such ahave a right to be angry. It is such a vital sense to lose, and its lossvital sense to lose, and its loss influences almost every aspect ofinfluences almost every aspect of socialization.socialization.
  8. 8. Selfishness and ResentmentSelfishness and Resentment Living with someone who refuses to getLiving with someone who refuses to get help, regardless of the condition, is ahelp, regardless of the condition, is a challenge, Because the development ofchallenge, Because the development of hearing loss is typically a slow process,hearing loss is typically a slow process, so too, have you probably been havingso too, have you probably been having people slowly help you compensate.people slowly help you compensate. This sets up a potentially fertileThis sets up a potentially fertile environment for strained familyenvironment for strained family relationships.relationships.
  9. 9. RejectionRejection Many hearing impaired people areMany hearing impaired people are rejected by others who do not know ofrejected by others who do not know of their afflictions. They get accused oftheir afflictions. They get accused of suffering from memory difficulties,suffering from memory difficulties, disinterested, paranoid, senile anddisinterested, paranoid, senile and sometimes stupid, when in fact it wassometimes stupid, when in fact it was hearing loss.hearing loss.
  10. 10. The StallThe Stall ““It’s not bad enough that I need hearingIt’s not bad enough that I need hearing aids!….Is it?”aids!….Is it?”
  11. 11. Acceptance and Moving OnAcceptance and Moving On Expectations versus ActualExpectations versus Actual PerformancePerformance The Shift to HealingThe Shift to Healing Outside ResourcesOutside Resources
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