The first and hardest step for many is the first one, which is making an appointment for a hearing test.
Research has shown it takes people 7 to 10 years to do something about their hearing loss. Of course, while you are getting used to the idea that you may have some hearing loss, you miss conversations and connections with people every day.
Adapting to hearing loss by changing the way you live your life
When you have hearing loss, you will “train” the people around you to adjust to your hearing loss so they can communicate with you.
Every time you do not hear (or understand) what was said and you respond with “pardon”, “what was that” “could you please say that again” or “what”, friends and family learn they need to speak louder so, they do not have to repeat themselves. As time goes by, they may end up speaking louder, or they may choose not to share incidental comments or jokes.
You may start to make different decisions on how you will use your time (like avoiding social situations and communicating less). Hearing loss impacts the way you live your life. There is also a lot of new research showing other long-term effects of hearing loss when left untreated.
Diagram showing the process an approximate timeline for the life cycle of a pair of hearing aids