Even now you’re missing calls. sometimes, it’s that you don’t hear the phone ringing. Other times dealing with the garbled voice at the other end is simply too much of a hassle.
But you’re staying away from more than simply phone calls. You missed out on last week’s bowling night, too. This sort of thing has been occurring more and more. Your beginning to feel a little isolated.
Your hearing loss is, of course, the real cause. Your diminishing hearing is resulting in something all too common: social isolation – and you can’t decide what to do about it. Escaping isolation and getting back to being social can be challenging. But we have a few things you can try to do it.
First, Acknowledge Your Hearing Loss
In a good number of cases, social isolation first manifests when you aren’t quite sure what the underlying cause is. So, noticing your hearing loss is a big first step. That might mean scheduling an appointment with a hearing specialist, getting fitted for hearing aids, and making sure you keep those hearing aids in working order.
Acknowledgment may also take the form of telling people in your life about your hearing loss. Hearing loss is, in many ways, an unseen health condition. There’s no particular way to “look” like you have hearing loss.
So it’s not something anyone will likely pick up on just by looking at you. To your friends and co-workers, your turn towards isolation could feel anti-social. If you tell people that you are having a tough time hearing, your reactions will be easier to understand.
Hearing Loss Shouldn’t Be Kept Secret
Accepting your hearing loss–and informing the people around you about it–is an essential first step. Making certain your hearing remains consistent by getting regular hearing assessments is also important. And curbing your first inclinations toward isolation can also be helpful. But there are several more steps you can take to tackle isolation.
Make it so Others Can See Your Hearing Aids
There are plenty of individuals who value the invisibility of hearing aids: the smaller the better, right? But it might be that making your hearing aid a little more visible could help you relate your hearing impairment more deliberately to others. Some individuals even go so far as to embellish their hearing aids with customized art or decorations. By making it more noticeable, you help other people to do you the courtesy of facing you when they talk to you and making certain you understand before moving the conversation on.
Get The Right Treatment
Dealing with your hearing loss or tinnitus is going to be a lot more difficult if you aren’t effectively treating that hearing ailment. Treatment could look very different depending on the situation. But often, it means wearing hearing aids (or ensuring that your hearing aids are correctly adjusted). And your everyday life can be substantially impacted by something even this simple.
Be Clear About What You Need
Getting shouted at is never fun. But there are some individuals who believe that’s the preferred way to communicate with someone who suffers from hearing loss. That’s why it’s essential that you advocate for what you need from those around you. Maybe texting to make plans would be a better option than calling. You will be less likely to isolate yourself if you can get everyone on the same page.
Put People In Your Pathway
In this time of internet-driven food delivery, it would be easy to avoid everybody for good. That’s the reason why you can avoid isolation by deliberately placing yourself in situations where there will be people. Instead of ordering groceries from Amazon, go to your local grocery store. Set up game night with friends. Social activities should be scheduled on your calendar. There are so many simple ways to see people like walking around your neighborhood. This will help you feel less isolated, but will also help your brain keep processing sound cues and discern words precisely.
It Can be Dangerous to Become Isolated
If you’re separating yourself because of neglected hearing impairment, you’re doing more than curtailing your social life. Isolation of this sort has been connected to mental decline, depression, worry, and other mental health issues.
So the best way to keep your social life humming along and keep yourself happy and healthy at the same time is to be realistic about your hearing ailment, be realistic about your situation, and stay in sync with family and friends.