Ask an Audiologist: Why Was I Unaware That I Was Losing My Hearing?
If you’re in generally good health and are the type of person who doesn’t like to think of yourself as less capable than anyone else, you might have found that you started blaming other people for frequent miscommunication.
This is very common.
You may think others are not speaking clearly or loud enough, or they “mumble” their words.
It’s only when sufficient numbers of people close to you suggest that it’s you and not them, that you might have gotten your first inkling of something within your personal communication system has gone awry.
Some people never come to this realization and go on believing that others are the source of their communication failure.
They continue to blame other people and are discouraged that others appear to enunciate so poorly.
Nothing will deteriorate a relationship faster than denial.
This is not healthy in any family, and why it’s so important to get to the core issues.
Our ego is quite attached to our overall health.
Most of us like to think of ourselves as being in shape with a good heart, strong bones, acceptable vision, and good hearing. For some of us, admission of poor hearing is like admitting we’ve given in to old age.
It’s like a forced resignation we never invited.
The realization of hearing loss places you at a crossroads, offering two quite opposing paths.
The first is to admit the hearing loss; the second is to deny it.
The former decision (admitting it) allows you to reassess and seek solutions to enhance and maximize your quality of life.
The latter decision (denial) negatively impacts every aspect of your life, destroys relationships and decreases your quality of life.
For an appointment, contact Davison Audiology, an affiliate of OVMC/ EORH, at 740-695-1058.