Those of us with a hearing loss love to connect with each other. We love to share our stories and hear other people’s stories – both successes and struggles. After all, we’re all in this together! Be one of the first to share your story and insight here. What have you learned through your hearing loss? What have been your struggles? What have been your disappointments? What have been your successes? We would love to hear from you.
Carol G., New Jersey
Hearing loss is invisible, and normally-hearing people are not told how best to help a hoh/ld/ci person understand what is being said. It’s up to ME as a CI user to educate those that I come in contact with. At a sales register in supermarkets, or stores, if the environmental noise is too loud I have no qualms about telling the clerk: “I’m having trouble understanding you, although I wear hearing equipment (pointing to my processors) so bear with me while I ask for repeats because I really want to know what you are saying.” All this while smiling and being friendly. Get over the hurdle of self-consciousness, practice saying this in front of a mirror. When you make your hearing loss “visible,” people will then accommodate you.