Better Hearing, Better Life

Consequences of Hearing Loss

Helen Keller, both deaf and blind, has said that if she could have had one sense restored, it would have been her hearing. She believed that hearing keeps us all in the intellectual company of those we love. Vision is not required for intellectual exchange.

We can all recall the joys and pleasures of good communication with family and friends. Likewise, we can recall the pain and frustration that comes with misunderstandings. Living with the handicap of a hearing loss can open the door to many undesirable changes in attitude, behavior and emotion. The following is a list of some of the many characteristics that can accompany a hearing loss:

  • ISOLATION
  • AVOIDANCE
  • FRUSTRATION
  • SENSE OF DEFEAT OR USELESSNESS
  • ANGER
  • SELFISHNESS AND RESENTMENT
  • IMPATIENCE
  • EMBARRASSMENT
  • AWKWARDNESS
  • TIREDNESS OR EXHAUSTION FROM THE EFFORT & STRAIN
  • TO COMMUNICATE
  • DOMINATING THE CONVERSATION (SO NOBODY WILL KNOW)
  • WITHDRAWAL FROM SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
  • SUSPICIOUSNESS - FEEL PEOPLE ARE TALKING LOW ON PURPOSE
  • LONELINESS AND UNHAPPINESS (FEEL LEFT OUT, MISUNDERSTOOD)