The Different Emotional Stages People With Hearing Loss Go Through

July 11, 2018 Off By Tyrone Miles

Hearing loss is closely linked to the emotional and mental well-being of a person. It always comes out as a shock that you are slowly losing your sense of hearing. What is even worse is knowing that you cannot anymore engage in one-on-one conversations, communicate with your loved ones, and listen to your favorite music in the same manner when you still had your sense of hearing intact.

It takes a long time to process the reality that your hearing capabilities are impaired. For the average person, it takes between 4 and 5 years for them to finally realize that they are beginning to lose their sense of hearing. Starting from the onset of hearing impairment to the time the condition is treated, the person will go through varied emotional stages that reflect a lot on how they really feel about their impending condition.

• Ignorance
For most people, their hearing impairment remains untreated or undetected all because they always find ways to deny the signs. For young children, they are not able to realize that their hearing is impaired unless of course, they are assessed clinically. However, for most adults, they tend to ignore the most obvious signs that point to the fact their hearing is impaired.

If you continue to ignore these signs and not get immediate help and treatment, you might end up damaging your ears permanently and, in the end, affect your overall quality of life.

• Denial
Why do you mumble? Can you please put the volume down on the background music so that I can hear you better? Will you please repeat what you are saying? I think the volume of the television is just too low; I cannot seem to hear what the characters on TV are saying.

Denial is a normal but temporary reaction among people who are beginning to lose their sense of hearing because they fear being put in an embarrassing situation. It has become common practice for people to alter or deny the environment just so their hearing loss will not be too obvious.

• Anger
After the stage of denial comes anger. Anger and frustration start when the person who is suffering from hearing loss will begin to blame other people for their condition. Their anger even becomes worse when someone they know such as their family and friends laugh at their not being able to hear things clearly. They lash out on them to defend their impairment.

• Withdrawal
After the stages of denial and anger are done, the person slowly accepts their condition but ends up on state of withdrawal. Withdrawal means cutting themselves out of social events and family gatherings just so they can avoid being caught in the middle of embarrassing situations. They even begin to avoid group conversations and one-on-one interactions with the fear of letting people know about their hearing impairment issues.

• Depression
With all of these stages, the person who has hearing loss will start isolating themselves and undergo a phase of depression. Absence of interaction and social activity and isolation all lead to the person getting feelings of low self-esteem. This situation prevents them from getting the kind of help and care that they need.

• Acceptance
Once all the above stages are done and the person begins to realize that they are better off not missing out on the things they once enjoyed hearing, acceptance comes in. The person begins to seek the help from the professionals in order for their condition to be treated and improved and their quality of life like with the use of an appropriate hearing device.