Often, when an individual first realizes that they are losing their hearing, they tend to isolate themselves.
It starts with more often than not, you say no to social invitations. You avoid any situation that might be too loud. You no longer invite people over because it’s just too much.
This is a completely normal reaction.
Sometimes it is due to embarrassment that you have to ask for things to be repeated. Sometimes it’s because you don’t want to be a burden. Sometimes it’s simply because trying to hear is just exhausting.
The good news is, you do not have to isolate yourself, and even if you already have, you can overcome it and get your life back.
What can you do to overcome isolation caused by hearing loss?
The very first thing we suggest is get to a hearing care professional and have an evaluation.
Until you determine the level of hearing loss, you cannot properly deal with the situation. Once we are able to assess how well you can hear, we can make recommendations for devices to assist you.
Hearing aids do take a little getting used to - but once you get the hang of it, they literally change your life.
Once you start wearing your new hearing aids, you will notice sounds you’d forgotten even existed. You’ll hear birds singing, water running, leaves rustling - things that before just faded away.
Practice going out on your own.
Ease your way back into things by going to the movies on your own. Or take your best friend to a congested restaurant.
If you try it on your own or with just one other person at first, you’ll ease any anxiety you might have about doing it with more friends.
Worried that your friends aren’t going to invite you out anymore?
We are sure your friends are missing you, but if you always say no, they might not ask. Plan your own outing and invite them so they know you are back in the game.
The best way to overcome isolation is to do something about your hearing loss.
With the help of a hearing care professional, you can be to back to your old self in no time.
Not hearing as well as you used to?
Stop in and have a chat with us. The hearing loss you are experiencing just might be treatable, but you can’t know until you determine the underlying causes of diminished hearing.