It’s important to pay attention to developing signs or symptoms of hearing loss. Multiple studies have confirmed that hearing loss can lead to withdrawal, anxiety, frustration, and even depression.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, talk to your doctor or audiologist. While you can’t reverse most types of hearing loss, you and your hearing specialist can take steps to improve what you hear and your way of life.
Like any issue you are facing, it’s imperative that you find support. Your hearing specialist will be a good place to start. But because you won’t see them all that often, it’s important to reach out to others, especially a support network that includes other people suffering from hearing loss.
If you’re suffering from hearing loss and wish there was someone you could talk to, a good support system, like a peer-to-hear support network, is essential. Learning to deal with hearing loss is a challenging journey. A peer group that offers mentoring, counselling and friendly support can go a long way.
Deaf & Hear Alberta offers peer-to-hear counselling and mentoring programs for those dealing with the early stages of hearing loss. We match those dealing with hearing loss with someone who has already gone through the same process.
Our peer-to-hear support group also provides speech reading and active communication strategies. This can include everything from speech reading (lip reading) to sign language, to resources and other learning strategies that will help you manage your hearing loss.
If you’re dealing with hearing loss and struggling to communicate, Deaf & Hear Alberta is here to help.