Hangovers are the lingering effects of any negative situation. For people with hearing loss, this can be a Bad Group Communication Event (BGCE). Any situation involving marathon group conversations such as family celebrations, parties, women’s getaways, and business meetings that are meaningful and important, can easily sideline you because of accessibility issues.
A client sits down in the chair opposite you. You ask them how they’ve been. You don’t want a long recitation of what they’ve been up to, but you do want honest answers in the area of hearing and communication. If you had asked me how I wasin, say, early October, and I answered you…
Gael can’t hear you, she’s too tired! When the auditory well of vitality runs dry…
A hearing aid is not the complete, standalone resource for every communication situation. Instead, the device is a component of your client’s personal hearing loss strategy for better communication.
Gale Hannan gives us some insight into how she deals with tinnitus.
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.