From “Shouting Won’t Help: Why I – and 50 Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You” by Katherine Bouton. From the Hearing Health Spring 2013 publication.
I recently had a patient tell me about this book. While I do not have the book yet, the excerpts from it that I have read are great.
The portion I want to highlight is in regards to protecting your hearing.
“For the adult with late onset hearing loss, there is no recovering the person you used to be. you can learn to hear again, but you can never be the person you once were. Even the best devices are a poor substitute for nature’s creation.”
“Accommodations can usually be made when one goes deaf as a child. but going deaf as an adult destroys your world, disables your life”
While hearing aids are ever increasing in their abilities to accommodate the various amounts and types of hearing loss, they will never be as good as your original ears. Whatever hearing you have, do your best to keep it. If you have hearing loss, then don’t waste another day missing the world around you.