I’ve been talking with hard of hearing folks for a while now, and it saddens me that many are still ashamed of having a hearing problem, even if they’ve been wearing hearing aids for years.
Shame comes in different forms, some people cover their hearing aids with a big head of hair while others don’t tell anybody at work. I even heard of some who don’t wear hearing aids when they go out with friends.
I totally get where they’re coming from as I once felt the same shame and I put myself in a lot of embarrassing situations because I didn’t want anybody to know I had a hearing problem.
It’s also very natural to just avoid those noisy situations where hearing is a lot of work and there is high risk of embarrassment.
The worst thing about hearing loss is the communication barrier that comes with it, and it’s very hard to understand how to overcome it without the right support.
Personally, I managed to push myself out of my comfort zone and that worked for me. Instead of avoiding noisy situations, I basically threw myself through them because I did not want to be different. I wanted to be normal. Whatever that means…
It took me many many years to become comfortable but now I am. The other day I was on stage talking about my hearing loss in front of 100 people, and I took out one of my hearing aids to show it to them and also told some embarrassing stories about my journey. This is for me a great achievement, considering that I once waited 20 years to buy hearing aids.
It’s so much easier now. But it took me way too long to get to the point where hearing loss was no longer an obstacle in my life.
I spent the last couple of months thinking about what made things better for me, and I packed some of my learnings into a FREE mini-course for those who are still finding life with hearing aids frustrating at times. The course is six days long, you can expect one email per day.
Sign up here if you want to take it and please feel free to refer it to anybody you think would benefit from it:
And even if you don’t have hearing loss or you think this course is not for you, it would be awesome if you could take a look and send me your feedback.