Part 1 of 2
This is taken mostly from our ENCORE (Enhancing New Communication Opportunities through Review and Education) class that we offer monthly in our Redding office. Those fit with hearing aids in our Redding office the previous month are invited but all are welcome at any time. The satellite offices in Red Bluff, Susanville, and Weaverville are done less frequently. I find that many things we go over during initial and follow-up appointments in the office are hearing aid specific or adjustments for improved performance, whereas this is a discussion solely focused on ways to improve your communication besides wearing hearing aids for both the hearing impaired and those speaking to the hearing impaired. This is the first of a four-part series.
Several points should be discussed . . . First of all the general hearing public doesn’t get it! But it’s very understandable. How and why should they understand the difficulties and limitations of the hearing impaired if they have not experienced this or lived with someone who is hearing impaired? Like all things, we truly don’t understand them until we experience them. This is why new employees at UpState Hearing must wear custom-made earplugs for one full day . . . it helps them understand. Hearing loss is a disability that doesn’t show.
Most people do not realize the value and role the sense of hearing plays. From the time we get up in the morning until we go to bed at night we rely on hearing for communication whether it’s talking with family and friends or just going to the store to buy a gallon of milk, or listening to the TV or radio, we use our hearing. Besides communicating we rely on hearing for safety reasons 24 hours a day. While sleeping, our eyes are not seeing but we continue to hear alarms, traffic, the ringing telephone, a microwave dinger, etc. It seems like a couple of times a year there is a train fatality and almost always lack of hearing the train is the cause. The impact of hearing loss on this individual is a whole other story, but let’s just say, the inability to connect to others is huge.
Helen Keller was ask, if she could have her hearing or her eyesight which would she rather have, and she said her hearing! Eyesight connects you to things, hearing connects us to people. Next week will be part 2 with the WATCH program.
Part 1 of 2