Last Updated on February 29, 2024 by Nadeem Ahmed
Have you ever wondered how it feels like to have hearing loss?
– Trust me, it’s one of the most horrible feelings you can ever have!!! But that is only when you think deafness is awful!!
In most cases of hearing loss, patients think it’s a “curse” in their lives. And it’s very natural for them to believe it that way!!
Just imagine, you are getting detached from your regular lives and all. Moreover, you can’t even communicate properly with your beloved ones.
You can feel their pain if you put yourself in their shoes!!!
And this can have a destructive mental impact on them. Many people who have deafness or any other related conditions initially go through trauma. This takes quite a time for the patient to adjust to this new life.
Through this article, I’ll be guiding you with the facts that how hearing loss can affect the confidence of a person!!
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Always Know The Origin of Your Problem
Suppose you are facing issues regarding your ears. Just don’t jump to conclusions on your own.
When you start to observe severe changes in your ears or see that you are unable to hear things like you used to, you should always seek your doctor’s advice.
Go for a checkup and, if necessary, undergo ear tests.
But never assume your conditions. Always know the origin of the problem before coming up with your solutions.
There are even cases where people had faced hearing issues, and without even consulting a doctor, they took different medications. And after they met the side-effects of those medicines, then they went to the doctor.
Now you tell me, wouldn’t it have been wise to consult the doctor before consuming the medications!!!!
So always know the roots of your problems, and in this case, only your doctor can help you out!!!!
How Hearing Loss Strikes You Mentally?
Every phenomenon that occurs in our lives has a mental and psychological impact on us.
Similarly, when a person has been fit and refined, but out of the blue, he started having issues regarding his hearing, and within a matter of time, he lost his hearing ability.
What do you think that guy must be feeling?
-He must be horrified!!!
The mental breakdown must be so immense that only he knows it!!!
It takes a good time for them to adjust to this condition that they are carrying. Even they start developing frustrations and depressions within themselves. These loads of mental stress rise so much that they start isolating themselves from people.
They feel embarrassed and ashamed of this condition. And they think of themselves as “unfit” to society.
And it’s pretty natural to grow such emotions during this time as when you see that you are unable to express yourself properly, it can indeed be very frustrating.
Moreover, when you are trying to communicate with your friends and family but can’t even hear properly, what they are saying can be very disappointing.
Ultimately, these become the prime reasons for the person to go into a state of mental breakdown or depression.
This thing can get far worse for young kids or teenagers. They simply can’t take the mental stress of this condition. Getting bullied in school, people treating differently, many showing sympathy, all these strikes the youngster so hard that he goes to a level of immense depression.
What Regular Problems Do They Face?
Hearing loss can be a real pain in the nerve if it’s not treated at the right time.
There are various problems that one can face when suffering from hearing loss. And these problems can also lead to stress, disappointment, anger, and frustration.
The common problems may include:
- Not hearing doorbells or phone calls
- Always asking people to speak louder or in front of your ears.
- Lack of proper communication over the phone
- Not being able to communicate when there are too many background noises.
- Unable to listen when in a large or an extended room
- Listening to music or the television
- Embarrassment to speak in front of the public
- Difficulties in ordering food or communicating with the cashier
- Unable to understand whispers
Many of us think that if we speak louder or increase the volume of the television might help the deaf person hear clearly, but that might not always be the case. There are even chances that it’s a permanent hearing loss. That means he or she can’t even hear a thing no matter how loud it is!!!!
So when you see such scenarios, always consult with the doctor for a better solution or treatment.
Give Lots of Encouragement And Motivation
Sometimes motivation and encouragement can be a powerful remedy.
The members of your family play a crucial role in helping you come out of this misery. And it’s their responsibility to give you time and support no matter what!!!
Motivations and encouragement can bring the deafness person out of his depression. Always inspire him to speak up. If he refuses, push him to talk and gather up that confidence of speaking.
Take him to shops and malls. Ask him to communicate with the cashier or salesman on his own. When you keep repeating this, the person will rebuild the spark of confidence within himself, and gradually he’ll come out of this depression.
Never consider your weakness to be a disability; Instead, make it your ultimate weapon. Never feel embarrassed or shy about your problems. Just think it in this way, “You are not the only one who is suffering from hearing loss; there are other people as well.”
So never feel down or think yourself “unfit”!!!!
There are solutions for every problem. All you have to do is focus on the solution rather than the problem.
One of the common treatments for hearing loss is getting yourself a hearing aid. However, hearing devices are not always the solution for sorts of hearing loss conditions.
So take the recommendations of your doctor on which sort of hearing aid you should get. And make sure you know all the ins and outs of the device you have chosen.
I hope this article will help you to know the ins and outs of how hearing loss affects your confidence.