Hearing loss affects every person differently, because no two hearing losses are the same. The severity of the loss, how long a person has lived with it, and many other factors make a big difference.
But in general, hearing loss affects quality of life. It makes it harder to communicate verbally, which affects a person’s relationships, job performance, and can even impact safety (just think of all the earbud-wearing people who have accidents…and then imagine having those in all the time).
Even though I’ve lived with hearing loss for over 35 years — and our world is supposedly getting more evolved — it’s still surprising to me when I come across evidence of how little regard society has for hearing loss, its ramifications, and for people who suffer from it. Consider the following example, recently highlighted […]
Whether you’re new to living with hearing loss or are an old pro, it can be tough to find reliable information about it. It’s always surprised me that for a health condition that affects so many people, there isn’t more about hearing loss written on the web. Consolidated, practical information on hearing loss can especially […]
I think it’s basically impossible for a person with normal hearing to understand what it’s like to have a hearing loss. The only way to have a good idea is to know someone with a hearing loss – but still, this can’t replace firsthand experience. Recently, I was talking to a friend who is having […]
Imagine that there is a disability that affects 48 million Americans (1): the third-most common chronic health condition in the U.S., more prevalent than diabetes or cancer (2). Imagine that the condition had a massive economic impact as well: estimates of the economic cost of lost productivity varied from $1.8 to $194 billion, and direct […]
For many people, the most pivotal, life-changing factors in their existence happens suddenly: meeting their partner, being inspired to start or change careers, or losing a loved one unexpectedly. But in my case, the factor that altered the course of my life more than anything occurred over a short period of time, when I was […]