The holidays are a great time of year, filled with family dinners and celebrations, gatherings with friends, holiday parties, and lots of socializing. But because of my hearing loss, all the socializing and holiday hubbub can be exhausting.
'Hi, my name is Shari and I am excited to be at this conference/retreat/class.' This is how it usually begins. We all go around the room and introduce ourselves, give a reason or two why we are here and it moves onto the next person. But at my most recent retreat, I decided to try something different.
The UK's The Telegraph was shocked that Prince Phillip would possibly leave his home with a hearing aid in October 2014: "Hear
The following are recommended questions to ask your doctor and hospital prior to your stay:
What's the Number One reason people say they don't wear hearing aids? Cost. A single hearing aid costs between $3000 and $4000 and most people with hearing loss need two. Medicare does not cover hearing aids -- even for people who are profoundly deaf -- nor do most private insurance plans.
"He started freaking out and did the happy dance."
I hate to burden you airlines with another complaint, but really, can't you do just a few things to make life easier for travelers with hearing loss? I hope you realize that we represent one in five of your customers. Of the 50 million Americans with hearing loss, quite a few end up on your airplanes.
Do you know someone who is new to hearing loss? Maybe they haven't yet accepted that they have a hearing loss, or maybe they are just starting to acknowledge it, but don't know what to do first, or second. I know some people like that, myself included, at one point.
Will my tinnitus take another turn for the worse? I hope not. These are worries that I have, but I cannot spend time on them. I can only focus on living each day the best that I can.