When you first start to experience a hearing loss, it’s easy to see it as something that can only affect your life in a negative way. Yet, as with many changes in life, there is often a way to adjust your perspective, embrace the transition, and enjoy the challenge. All you need is the right attitude, information, and support. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it is easy or instant. It takes a commitment to development and a clear strategy. One way to integrate and accept your hearing loss as part of you, is to become an advocate for hearing loss.
What does ‘be an advocate for hearing loss’ mean?
We each have a role to play in the world. None of us can do everything. We find out what our individual potential is through self-examination. This is how we can see things that are relevant to us that we can become passionate about.
If a hearing loss is a part of your life, you can be the one who speaks up for the deaf and hard of hearing experience. This is what it means to be an advocate for hearing loss.
How can you be an advocate for hearing loss?
Below are some of the ways that you can be an advocate for hearing loss. Once you feel confident with these, you may develop your own strategies based on your experience.
- Own it – first off, face your hearing difficulties head-on. Get an evaluation with Hearing Aid Express to confirm whether you need hearing support.
- Talk about it – once you know you have a hearing issue, get comfortable talking to friends, loved ones and co-workers about it. It’s not something you need to hide. The more people are aware of it, the more they can adjust to your needs. The trick with this step is not to think that you are inconveniencing anyone. In truth, we all make adjustments every day to accommodate one another. Your preferences are as important as those of the next person.
- Speak up – if you are in an environment that is making things difficult for you, it’s ok to ask for changes. Commercial outlets and workplaces are all obliged to make reasonable adjustments for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Most of the time, people are happy to help, but they won’t know that anything needs doing unless you tell them.
- Stay on top of things – your hearing will continue to change. The more you understand it, the better you can interact with the world and express your needs. This means keeping up to date with hearing checks and maintaining any equipment you are using.
How can we help?
Once you’re up and running in your advocacy role, Hearing Aid Express is here to support you with in-person hearing assessments and hearing aid information online. You can request an appointment through our website immediately. Once we build a relationship with you, we are always here to help you with ongoing evaluations, equipment, and any repairs you need.