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