Self help for hard of hearing people – Emotional empowerment

27 04 2017

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How to use the internet for self help for hard of hearing people

Hard of hearing and deaf people have a higher prevalence rate of depression, possibly due to the difficulties we experience navigating in a hearing world. Difficulties communicating can lead to lowered self-esteem, emotional distress and a feeling of hopelessness.

In 2004, there were 5,863 deaths as a result of suicide in the UK, with evidence that depression may be more common in the deaf population.

However, the internet has demonstrated to be an effective and dependable tool for self help for hard of hearing people. This is likely due to the ease with which deaf individuals can connect with other hard-of-hearing people and the variety of websites available to helping us find health information and ways to improve communication.

In this article, I’d like to share some of my favourite websites and how to use them as a source of self-help.

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The best ear plugs and their surprising secrets

25 04 2017

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Choose the best ear plugs for your environment

Surrounded by noise we find ourselves in environments of excessive amounts of loud noise, commuting to work, festivals, concerts, the gym and loud workplaces.

With the wide range of different levels of noise it should be no surprise that one ear plug cannot fit all. In workplace environments with loud noise such as machinery, we should be using completely different types of ear plugs compared to if we were going out with friends to attend a concert. With the wide range of ear plugs on the market, how do you actually figure out which types of ear plugs should be used in which environment?

Some years ago, I became very frustrated trying different types of ear plugs at music concerts. It wasn’t until I started researching more about how to protect my ears in loud environments that I realised that I was using hearing protection for workers on building sites!

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Why people don’t want to wear discreet hearing aids

20 04 2017

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Have you begged and pleaded with your spouse or parent to wear their discreet hearing aids, only for them to “forget” or stubbornly refuse.

I was playing around with Google search, and some specific hearing aid questions caught my eye:

  • Why won’t my father wear his hearing aids?
  • My mum refuses to wear her hearing aids, help!
  • How do I cope with my spouse refusing to wear his hearing aids?
  • My husband refuses to wear his very expensive hearing aids, why did we buy them?

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Top 10 signs of hearing loss – Lost, now found

14 04 2017

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The first signs of hearing loss

I was born hearing as far as I know. I often suffered from ear infections, and I lost some hearing. However, this was on the lighter side in my early years, I would sometimes miss certain words and sounds.

I, my parents, teachers, and even my main doctor were oblivious to this. I was just a kid, I had no idea, I thought I was okay, especially since in the hearing world there is the common phrase, “I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that.”

Despite the fact I said this quite often, I was simply told to focus and pay attention.

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11 interesting facts about hearing aid devices

13 04 2017

hearing aid devices

Did you know as early as the 13th century people with hearing loss were using hollowed-out horns from animals as primitive hearing devices?

The first ‘official’ mention of hearing aids ever recorded was in a book published by an Italian physician / scientist in 1588. In the book, he wrote about hearing aids made from wood, shaped like the ears of animals known to have superior hearing.

Isn’t it amazing how far technology has come? The first wearable hearing aid was developed in 1938 by electronic manufacturers in Chicago. But it took another 20 years to create a hearing aid that could completely fit behind the ear.

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The surprising truth about tinnitus success stories

11 04 2017

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Searching for tinnitus success stories

Tinnitus and success stories – would you put the two together?

Searching the internet, you will find many articles discussing the issues around tinnitus from minor or daily frustrations to more serious issues such as behaviour disorders like anxiety, depression, or insomnia.

With all this negative information it’s easy to understand why so many people find it difficult to manage if we find ourselves overwhelmed. When we first realise that we may be experiencing tinnitus we often go online to find more information about the condition, unfortunately when we do this we often get freaked out by the horrible stories that can be found online.

If you are someone that hasn’t experienced anxiety, depression, insomnia etc it can be a very difficult topic to start reading about and relating to your own life.

Tinnitus sufferers often say this is one of the worst things they could have done in the early stages of realising they have this condition as it had a negative impact on how they managed tinnitus.





The limitations and benefits of hearing aids

6 04 2017

benefits of hearing aids

The limitations and benefits of hearing aids – The real story

Hearing aids cannot magically restore a person’s ability to hear; rather they aid you in hearing better.

Hearing aids have been shown to improve a users’ quality of life, specifically improving communication in relationships, as well as providing the user with a sense of control.

However, as with most things in life, there are benefits and limitations to wearing hearing aids.

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