Hearing loss affects 1 in 10 individuals in America today

There are two sides to the experience of hearing loss:

For the person who experiences hearing loss, it can be the cause of:

For the family, friends, coworkers, and  acquaintances of the person who experiences  hearing loss it can be the cause of:

  • isolation from everything
  • care from service providers compromised due to poor commuication
  • continuous communication breakdowns
  • feelings of inadequacy
  • embarrishment from misunderstanding
  • feelings of being unloved, unappreciated
  • missed intent from inflections
  • inability to detect sarcasm
  • susceptible to paranoia
  • jeopardized safety
  • irritability
  • fatigue
  • stress
  • confusion
  • frustration
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • grief
  • misunderstand that everything said isn't public information
  • inability to follow spoken humor, especially the punch lines
  • isolation from the person with hearing loss
  • freuently cast into the role of human hearing aid for the person with hearing loss
  • communication break down
  • decrease in fluid conversation
  • inability to "small talk" with person with hearing loss
  • decreased motivation to communicate
  • feelings of being unloved, unappreciated
  • concern for mental state of person with hearing loss
  • concern for the safety of the person with hearing loss
  • strained patience
  • trust breakdown
  • rejection
  • fatigue
  • stress
  • confusion
  • frustration
  • depression
  • grief
  • embarrassment when asked to repeat something that might be inappropriate or private to the speaker
  • free flow of humor becomes stressful


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