25-Year-Old With Sudden Hearing Loss Speaks Agree With Hearing Aid Diagnosis, Lifetime & Standardization – Love What Matters

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Coming to terms with otosclerosis

“Finding out you have hearing loss is an adjustment. No matter how big the loss. There was a lot to grieve and deal with, at least there was for me, and sometimes there still is.

When I was first diagnosed with otosclerosis, in 2016, at the age of 25, I remember leaving my appointment in tears. I went to this appointment thinking I just needed a cleaning, not that I would leave with the recommendation to get a hearing aid.

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I was so upset because the thing was, I could still hear, but not in all situations.

About a month after my first appointment, I went back to get fitted for my first hearing aid. I was stubborn to wear it. At the time, I was still hearing just enough to get by, so I thought to myself things like “I’ll only wear it in noisy environments” or “It’s right there if I need it”.

The truth was that I needed it, from the start.

It took me over a year to come to terms with the fact that my hearing aids made my life easier and there was nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. Now don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot of bad days, but I allow myself to have those days. Hearing loss is an ongoing journey and will always have its ups and downs.

hearing impaired woman showing hearing aid in ear
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In Spring/Summer 2020, I posted a social media post announcing my hearing loss. That’s when masks were first introduced, and I noticed that communication in public places was becoming more and more difficult. I thought if I told everyone at once it would be easier. And, to be honest, it was.

Hearing loss advocacy

Since my first public post about hearing loss, I have found many more people in my life who have also struggled with hearing loss, and it was very heartwarming and eye-opening. Hearing loss is not talked about enough because it is considered an invisible disability.

Since then, I have found that talking about my experiences with hearing loss has helped me cope in many ways. That’s why I created my channel, hard to hear it. I’ve found that sharing my feelings, whether to someone directly, on social media, or in a journal, has helped me process everything.

hearing impaired woman holding a hearing aid
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However, even though most people in my life were aware of my hearing loss because I still looked the same, people had a hard time remembering that I couldn’t always hear them. It can be very difficult to defend yourself and express your needs. I still struggle with it, but the more I let people know about the accommodations that help me, the easier it got.

Accommodation for hearing loss

Here are some of the accommodations I request for different situations:

  • I will never hear someone whisper to me (therefore I need to make it clear to that person that they need to talk or take me to a private room if they need to share something they don’t want them to share). others hear)
  • People have to face me when they speak
  • I need to take auditory breaks throughout the day to avoid feeling over stimulated
  • Subtitles are the only way to enjoy video content
  • Patience is key for both parties

Hearing loss and hearing aid pride

It took me a while to fully appreciate my hearing aids, but I LOVE them (most of the time). Hearing aids are amazing little pieces of technology, and my goal is to change the way the world views the people who wear them. I opened a little shop called hard to hear it, with products featuring illustrations of hearing aids. I want to make hearing aids as common and accepted as glasses.

The more we can talk about hearing aids and hearing loss, the more people will get help. Many people have hearing loss but are too scared or embarrassed to take a hearing test. Your hearing health is connected to more than you think, and by understanding this, you are setting yourself up for success. Just as we receive regular eye exams, it is so important to have regular hearing exams as well.

mug with the drawing of a hand holding a hearing aid and flowers
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I think a lot of the stigma comes from the fact that you only ever see 80-somethings in hearing aid commercials and commercials; let’s change that. I’m 31 and I use my hearing aids every day, and I’m proud of it.

Even though it took me over a year to come to terms with my diagnosis, when I lifted a weight off my shoulders. You should always give yourself time to process, but as with everything in life, take it one day at a time. There are so many amazing resources and companies that help connect and educate people about all the possibilities that come with our hearing aids and hearing loss.

It is so important to allow time to digest the frustrations that we have to face on a daily basis. Hearing loss impacts many aspects of our lives, and if we don’t allow ourselves to process how we feel, it won’t help the situation.

Courtesy of April Corner

This story was submitted to love what mattersby April Corner from Ontario, Canada. You can follow his journey on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. You can find their products here. Submit your own story here and make sure to subscribe to our free email newsletter for our top stories, andYoutubefor our best videos.

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