If you have a condition like hearing loss that impacts your daily life, it can be very isolating. Even with the support of friends and family, it may be difficult for them to fully understand what your experience is like.
In this current time of added stress and social isolation, it’s even more important to find the right support networks. An online hearing loss peer group can offer a chance to be fully understood by individuals who can truly empathize due to their similar lived experiences. Plus, you can socialize with your peers from the safety of your own home!
Online Hearing Loss Support Groups
It’s all too common for a hearing loss to result in a person withdrawing socially due to communication worries. Support groups contribute to our emotional well-being by restoring your confidence in communicating and socializing. They also provide a sense of community and camaraderie, where you can listen and learn from others or talk openly about the challenges you face and it’s always mutually respectful.
This kinship provides benefits both from helping others and in getting help. Often it involves a transference of knowledge, such as real life reviews of products and services that someone has found helpful.
Online hearing loss support groups also offer an opportunity to advocate for the wider hearing loss community. For example, as a group you may decide to petition for open caption shows in local theaters, or the installation of hearing loop technology in public spaces.
With many of us socially isolating, more of us rely on online deliveries for our essentials. These, of course, include hearing device essentials. An online hearing loss support group can give you additional resources or retailers that are selling specific products. The knowledge sharing that is made possible helps strengthen the community spirit we need!
How To Find An Online Hearing Loss Support Group
There are a host of online hearing loss support groups. Finding one that is right for you will depend on a few things.
Consider first what benefits you want to gain from the support group. These could include:
- In-Person Support Groups or “chats”
- Online Support Groups
- Groups for Children
- Groups for Adults
- Groups for Parents
Here are some online hearing loss support groups you may want to consider:
- Hearing Journey - With over 30,000 members, the “HearingJourney™ online forum is the premier place to chat, laugh, learn, and share stories about cochlear implants and hearing loss.” Hearing Journey also offers a live chat each Thursday at 7PM EST, where you can have your questions answered live.
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing - This site aims to empower people with hearing loss. They actively promote open communication and social interaction. Their forum is a great place to meet other people with impaired hearing.
- Action on Hearing Loss: This UK based charity offers information on hearing loss, as well as tips on dealing with hearing impairments. Their community includes research events, as well as stories from hearing health providers and people with hearing impairments.
- Hearing Tracker - This forum provides information on hearing aids and discussions about hearing loss in general.
- Hearing Health and Technology Matters - This site offers “Timely information and lively insights for everyone who cares about hearing loss.” Practitioners, manufacturers, educators, researchers and consumers with a hearing loss can all contribute to the site. Interactive blogs allow you to have your say on the topics.
It can be a powerful experience to spend time with people who haven’t let their hearing loss define them or hinder their desire to succeed. Hearing loss is not something to be ashamed of.
Have a Question? Need Help? Contact Us Today!
We highly recommend using support as groups to help avoid feelings of isolation or depression. If you have further questions, the hearing specialists at Family Audiology would be happy to help. To book an appointment, call us today 607-323-4061 or click here to book a consultation with us online.