Hearing Loss

Understanding Hearing Loss

Sometimes, you may feel alone in your hearing loss experience. It’s okay to feel this way as you are going through a challenge especially if none of your family and friends have hearing loss.

Hearing loss isn’t easy.

You may feel like it’s harder to communicate and connect with other people with Hearing loss. Hearing Loss is the condition of losing your hearing that may be caused by noise, aging, or even genetics.

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At times, you may feel isolated, sad, or even angry. There may be instances where you’re overwhelmed by having hearing loss. You may find hearing loss challenging to go through your day-to-day like how you usually did. But whatever you’re feeling and whatever your concerns may be, your counselor can help you process and understand hearing loss.

Processing Emotions Amidst Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss Is Traumatic

Hearing loss can be caused by a traumatic event and can traumatize you as well, compromising your mental health. Whether you lost it instantly or over time, hearing loss is bound to impact your mental and emotional well-being. Moving forward healthily from a trauma like this, you must process and accept having hearing loss first.

Hearing Loss

Before anything else, you need to understand your situation and how you feel about facing hearing loss. Tell your counselor about how you ended up having hearing loss. By talking to them about it, they can guide you in addressing hearing loss. This step is even more important if your hearing loss was an accident, like a car crash. The incident itself might have traumatized you.

They may also ask you about your emotions regarding your experience with hearing loss. They may suggest that you express how you feel about your hearing loss, the incident, and how you’re adjusting. These are all steps to make sure you address the things you need to discuss regarding your hearing loss. 

Often, hearing loss comes with some secondary effects.

Hearing loss may cause self-esteem and image issues, depression and anxiety, or isolation. If you already had these conditions before, then your hearing loss might make them more pronounced. Counseling can help you talk about these in the healthiest way possible.

At some point, you may feel uncomfortable with your counselor’s line of questioning. You may be overwhelmed from reliving parts of your trauma that may have caused hearing loss. If this happens, let them know. After all, their goal is to help you develop healthier mental and emotional health.

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Adjusting And Moving Forward Despite Having Hearing Loss

You may or may not find it hard to adjust to your new normal. Whichever it is, your counselor will be there with you every step of the way. But first, know that your journey amidst your hearing loss moving forward will not be an easy one. That, in particular, is because of how different you are from the Deaf and hard of hearing.

Effects of Hearing Loss

The Deaf have been living deaf their whole lives. People who are hard of hearing still retain some auditory ability. Being late-deafened or someone who has hearing loss later in life is vastly different from the two. You may share some experiences, but the effects of your situation will vary depending on each person.

There will be new additions to your daily routine, and you may also encounter some lifestyle changes in your hearing loss journey. These are to accommodate your hearing loss and to ensure your safety. Know that your counselor will be all-ears if you want to talk to them about these changes, particularly your daily life with hearing loss. 

It Would Be A Challenging Journey

It’s possible for you to feel an even greater sense of loss when discussing these aspects in hearing loss. However, keep in mind that your counselor will be there to help you go through it, especially when things become difficult with your hearing loss. Having hearing loss will be a challenging journey, but they will be there with you every step of the way.

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Resources for Hearing Loss

One of the goals of counseling is to help you towards a healthy headspace. And to do this, your counselor will ask you about the changes you want to see in your life, despite your hearing loss.

Talk to your counselor about your concerns. If you’re worried about schooling and career options, they will be there to help you figure it out. You may have some worries entering a new stage of your life, but they will be there if you choose to discuss those things with them, especially when it concerns your hearing loss. 

The Benefits Of Talking To Your Counselor 

In addition, it’s an unfortunate truth how late-deafened people face bias and prejudice in their lives. It would benefit you to talk to your counselor about this. They will help you process these experiences and refer you to support groups if you need them. But more importantly, your counselor will be able to guide you in learning about hearing loss, Deaf,  and self-advocacy.

By discussing these with your counselor, you may be able to feel in control of life amidst your hearing loss. Learning about those advocacies can help you understand people who share the same experience of hearing loss as well. Even better, you can know more about expressing yourself, your wants, and how to convey them to others.

Your counselor may also refer you to an audiology center if you decide to get a cochlear implant. Remember, there’s no right and wrong decision for people who have hearing loss. It all depends on what will make you happy. Talking to your counselor can help you make informed decisions about options available for you.

Experiencing Hearing Loss Is Not Easy

Especially if it’s a traumatic event for you, you may find it hard to talk to your counselor about your experiences and emotions. Remember that is okay. But also keep in mind that it’s the first step in taking care of your mental well-being. You won’t need to rush things, and it’s alright for you to tell your counselor when you’re overwhelmed with your hearing loss.

Counseling Helps 

Counseling will also help you process the adjustments and changes happening in your life. You can discuss with your counselor what you want to see and the things you want to achieve. They’ll also be there to help you find resources available for your needs, especially your health. After all, this is all so you could move forward with a healthy mind and heart.

And when times get tough, always keep in mind that you’re doing this for yourself.  Hearing loss is a challenge that your mental health may face, but something you can overcome.

Take Away

Hearing loss may feel overwhelming and isolating. But remember, your counselor will be there with you the entire way.

Deaf Community Counseling

As a member of the deaf community, you may constantly struggle in our hearing-centric world. Unable to hear anything always has a challenge.  Maybe it’s something supposedly as simple as communication, or perhaps a more damaging issue like prejudice. 

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Do you or anyone you know a member of the deaf community? If yes, this article is for you.

How can you better understand the community of the deaf? How can you help a loved one who is deaf? And does a community of deaf individuals help each other deal with life? And how can we help our deaf loved ones?

Deaf Communities

Living In A “Hearing World”

For the deaf community and deaf individuals, it may be hard to live in a world that prioritizes hearing. This isn’t to say that being deaf automatically limits you. After all, deafness itself isn’t disabling. Instead, it’s audism that might be severely restricting you.

It isn’t easy to come to terms with, but your counselor will be able to help you express your feelings about it. They may also guide you in understanding the uniqueness and intricacies of being Deaf. For one, people should treat the deaf community as a linguistic and cultural minority rather than an impairment. Talking to your counselor may help you discuss your feelings about this identity. The community of the deaf can very well benefit from having a counselor to talk to.

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Understanding What Deafhood Is To You

Aside from grasping the kind of world you live in as a deaf individual, your counselor will also help you work out what Deafhood means to you. It is all so you could begin to understand what being deaf is for you.

Of course, this comes differently for each person. Being hard of hearing, late-deafened, or deaf will be significant in figuring out what Deafhood is for you. Your counselor’s goal is to teach you how to process your experiences and emotions as a deaf person and where you want to go from there. Counseling could also encourage you to join a community of the deaf where you feel more understood. By embracing yourself as a deaf yet significant person, your mental health will improve. 

Bear in mind that your counselor will not be there to dictate what you should do. Their priority is to help you be the best version of yourself despite your being deaf. That means how you feel and what you want matters.

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Deafhood: Deaf Communities Guide

Learning About Available Resources

As a member of the deaf community or deaf and mute community, you may find you’re always short of available resources. It may range from educational materials to career and schooling opportunities, modes of communication, and many others. You may talk to your counselor about this lack.

Another factor is also whether you’re deaf, late-deafened, or hard of hearing. While your counselor’s advice will be helpful, keep in mind that their priority is your comfort and well-being as a deaf individual. 

Again, your counselor is not there to dictate what you should do. Instead, they’re there to assist you in your journey towards better mental well-being, that mental health for you as a deaf person is optimal, just as the other individuals. 

Exploring Your Advocacy

Deaf advocacy is another concern your counselor may discuss with you. The goal of counseling, first and foremost, is to help you or your community achieve emotional and mental well-being. And a big part of it is not teaching you to cope with the biased systems around you. Instead, your counselor will help you explore self-advocacy as a deaf individual

Don’t hesitate to talk to them about the changes you want to see around you. After all, the unfairness in systems and regulations for the deaf and the community of the deaf affects your everyday life. Addressing this will help you move forward healthily. It may even help lead to positive changes for the deaf community.

Counseling will be there to help you understand that the disadvantages you experience aren’t because of the deaf community. They will guide you in recognizing that being deaf is the cause of your disabling experiences. Don’t be afraid to discuss Deaf advocacy with your counselor. They would want to help you play an active part in breaking the bias against the community of the deaf.

Deaf Communities

To Wrap Up 

A lot of things are challenging for members of the community of the deaf, but this is because of the restrictions brought about by audism and not by being deaf itself. Your counselor may be able to help you understand these intricacies and process the world around you. In addition, counseling can also aid you in learning about the resources available to you as someone who is deaf. It would be even better if you also discuss your deaf advocacy with them.

It would benefit you to be truthful and open with your counselor when discussing these things. Counseling should be something that a deaf individual or the community of the deaf can turn to for comfort. 

If you are deaf, you have a loved one who is deaf, or you are part of a community of deaf individuals, perhaps you should consider counseling for your mental and emotional health.