Tired of Hearing?

Jun 2, 2010 by

People with perfectly normal hearing are able to hear and understand much of the sound around them automatically. They do not have to get help from lip reading. They do not have to concentrate. They do not have to stop what they are doing. They just simply hear. Someone with a hearing loss does not have the luxury of automatic hearing. If you have a hearing loss, you have to pay close attention, use lip reading when you can and concentrate. Hearing and understanding do not happen automatically. Hearing takes attention and energy and you just can’t do it 12 or 14 hours a day.

Hearing aids allow you to hear better and that is great. But it may be just as important that hearing aids allow you to hear with less effort and energy. They allow you to be more relaxed as you communicate with the people around you.

Of course, you can not listen carefully full-time and there will be times when you do not hear as well as other times. You may not hear as well if you are tired, under stress or you are thinking about something else. That is why we suggest that anyone speaking to you gets your attention before speaking. On the other hand, if you are ready and if you are paying attention- you can hear better than you really want to. You just can not do it full time.

Actually, many people with hearing loss are able to hear and communicate surprisingly well in spite of hearing only 50 or 60 percent of the speech sounds. But, we live in a very demanding hearing world and sometimes anything less than 80 to 90 percent is just not good enough. If someone tells you, “Okay, I will see you on the 15th,” and you hear “Okay, I will see you on the 16th,” it was not enough to hear most of the message. So the next time someone says “you can hear me when you really want to,” you can correct them: “No, you mean I can hear you when I really work at it.”