By now, you’ve probably been told the typical truths of living with hearing loss – it can be intrusive, awkward, and distracting for those diagnosed with the condition and their loved ones. However, it’s important to note that not all of these insights are negative, and not all are easy to spot straightaway. As such, we’ve compiled a list of three realisations our fan experts have called to our attention on our Facebook page.
Many events and venues are equipped with hearing assistance
Hearing loss doesn’t have to feel prohibiting – a little bit of research into your favourite activities and you’ll likely find that many of their locations or installations offer some kind of built-in hearing assistance. Whether it’s stadiums with hearing loops, museums with specialised tours, or cinemas with closed caption technology, many places you wouldn’t necessarily expect will go out of their way to accommodate the overwhelmingly common condition. Even music artists have started amping up their involvement, as we discussed last week here.
People often assume these hearing technologies ‘fix the issue’
In a world where lasers fix vision and casts fix limbs and apps fix just about everything else, it can be incredibly frustrating to have a condition without a definitive solution. While hearings aids and modern hearing technologies have made it much more livable, the reality is, hearing loss is a complex, case-by-case condition that needs to be treated as such. Oftentimes, those who don’t have experience with it personally aren’t aware of the fact that, just because someone has been fitted for hearing aids, it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t still have to ask you to repeat yourself, turn the TV a little louder, or be generally conscious of their condition. It’s best to explain this up front to avoid awkwardness or frustration later.
Not all hearing aids are the same
Just as there’s no blanket solution to hearing loss, there’s no blanket prescription for hearing assistance. From behind-the-ear (BTE), to invisible-in-the-canal (IIC), to completely-in-canal (CIC), etc., styles and functionality can differ quite a bit. It’s important to understand each one’s intricacies before selecting a style that would be right for you. To be safe, find an audiologist’s you trust, but be prepared to ask the important questions and arm yourself with a bit of research before getting fitted.