Hearing loss occurs for many reasons, sometimes because of an accident or an illness, medication, or maybe from birth. Some people lose their hearing because of the exposure to constant, loud noises that pierce the eardrums. Hearing loss is a frustrating physical challenge, but there is hope for recovery in many cases through surgery, the use of a hearing aid, or a combination of both. Complete recovery may not always be possible, which is why hearing aids are so important in our society.
Children have been teased, misunderstood, abused, and shunned because of hearing deficiencies. A parent who may wonder why their child ignores them on a regular basis or why that child may not learn as well as another should have their child tested for hearing loss. Children’s hearing aids have come a long way in recent years. They no longer have to be unappealing, irritating, and a burden.
Hearing aids can help your children overcome classroom challenges. The right hearing aid can make a world of difference in whether or not your child makes the decision to pay attention to the teacher. When one can’t hear properly, they sometimes just give up trying. A child should not have to be faced with this when help is available.
Although many jokes have been told about hearing loss, it can be no laughing matter. Sometimes the biggest challenge is not with society, but with that person’s own family. The family members have to be around the person on a more constant basis than anyone else and can become quite irritated with continually having to repeat themselves or arrange themselves so the person who is impaired can read their lips or interpret their hand signals. Televisions or radios that are turned up loud for the hearing impaired can be a source of frustration for those in the family who are not. Television was vastly improved by the addition of closed-captioning. Most dvd movies now include the closed captioning feature so that the hearing challenged can watch a movie with the family and not create an uncomfortable situation for the other members.
When a person needs a hearing aid, it can create embarrassing situations, such as when they misunderstand something another person says and they laugh inappropriately. This person will not be able to understand whispering, so communicating in a crowd must be handled with care. There are insensitive people who make fun of this person, knowing he or she can’t hear properly. It can wear on a person’s self esteem and create depression when one cannot hear properly and constantly has to struggle to be understood and to understand. Feeling like an outcast when you need help and can’t seem to get it is a struggle. Even though hearing aids don’t solve all the problems of a hearing loss, they can greatly enrich the life of the person who needs the help and those who communicate with this person.
Talking on a telephone used to be more of a struggle for people who wear hearing aids. Now aids have been created that are specially equipped with features for phone transmissions, including cell phone use.