If you have poor eyesight, you might have an eye test and get prescription glasses fitted. The glasses will correct your vision, and you'll be able to see. Problem solved!
Hearing loss and rehabilitation is a markedly different story. You hear with your brain - not your ears. Changes in your brain can change how you hear - especially in a noisy environment. Your brain also incorporates visual and contextual information, to help you "hear" in more difficult situations.
Hearing aids can bring extra sound to your brain at the prescribed amount for your particular hearing loss, but they cannot return your hearing to normal. Even with hearing aids, you might find you cannot hear in all situations. Indeed, even people with normal hearing don't hear in all situations.
It is often the partners, family, and friends of the person with hearing loss who are most aware of the hearing loss. Sometimes, the hearing loss makes communication very difficult for everybody involved.
Finding solutions to these difficulties is not always as simple as wearing hearing aids.
A communication plan, which takes into account your individual hearing loss, amplification status, living situation, visual function, speech understanding, and listening needs can be developed for you if needed.
We will provide you with tools to take home (or to the restaurant!) and check in with you about what's working, and what's not.
Is your partner becoming frustrated with having to repeat themselves? Are you tired of having to ask people to repeat all the time? Do you find sometimes you say the wrong thing, and feel embarrassed? Do you find that your hearing loss limits your social life? We encourage a holistic approach to hearing health and rehabilitation, and can guide you towards successful communication.