Is there an upside to having hearing loss? If we reflect on its impact on our lives and look for the potentially positive, we may unpack at least a couple of unexpected benefits to our hearing loss package.
Gael Hannan reminds practitioners that understanding the importance of self-care to the quality of life for people with hearing loss should be a critical component of your practice.
It’s OK to ask for repeats – without apology and without shame. It’s part of our hearing loss toolkit. People in our lives want to communicate with us, and communication is a two-way street.
You are a wonderful audiologist. I can say this because, even if I don’t know you, you are an audiology school graduate who cares about what you do – or you wouldn’t be reading Canadian Audiologist. And if you’re anything like 99% of the audiologists I have known and loved, then you’re not only good…
There’s a special kind of deaf felt by people who use hearing aids all the time, every minute of their waking day. This special deaf is what you become when your devices are removed—to be examined by the technical gods because Something. Is. Wrong.
Audiologists, do you accept that some (or many) of your clients need to use captioning? If so, are you helping them access it?
Gael tells us about a recent experience with her father and how some seniors won’t bring up the subject of hearing loss – so the ball needs to go into the physician’s court.
As we crawl our way through this global pandemic, Gael understands the need for masks. But that doesn’t mean she has to like them.
After finding a copy of Dorothy Scott’s 80 Years of Looking & Learning, Gael Hannan takes a trip back in time to see what life was like in the past for people with hearing loss.
Gael Hannan would like audiologists to remind their clients to reach out others on hearing loss via social media – they will be glad to hear from you!