Dear 16 year old Me: what I would tell my younger self about hearing loss
Did you see the YouTube video clip “Dear 16 Year Old Me,” about skin cancer awareness? To date, it has over 6,000 views.
It makes people think: What would I tell my younger self?
The first thing that comes to mind for me is--don't worry about being taller than all the boys.
I would also tell her that someday, she will see hearing loss as an asset.
Would I have considered audiology as a career without it? Hard to say.
Other decisions about work weren’t so smart. Like the time I worked as a waitress. Not an easy job when you have profound hearing loss. People aren’t all that patient when they are hungry! If I could spare her that pain, I would.
I would tell her about FM systems too. Somehow, I escaped the notice of the school district educational audiologist (or teacher of the deaf/hard of hearing) while growing up. It wasn’t until I got to university that I discovered FM systems.
I think, most of all though, I would tell her that a pro-active attitude is the best way to manage hearing loss. It’s easiest to withdraw and fade into the background. But often the easiest thing to do is not the best thing to do.
She would not be happy to hear this, but at 47 years old, I am still learning. It’s a life-long process to successfully manage hearing loss. The rewards are great. Because communication is at the very heart of our connections to others.
What would you tell your 16-Year old self, about hearing loss or otherwise?
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- Communication Strategies
- Use what you know
- Asking for repetition
- Can't hear when people mumble? Get help from the chameleon effect!
- Teach Others How to Help
- Are You Bluffing?
- Get Beyond Small Talk
- Hear Better in Restaurants
- Communication: a two way street
- How to ask for help so that others will "hear" you
- How Should You Remind People About Your Hearing Loss?
- Educating others about hearing loss
- Pretending to Listen
- Hearing Aids
- Hearing Test
- For Significant Others
- For Hearing Care Professionals
- LACE Coaching for Hearing Care Professionals
- Hearing Strategies coaching for hearing care professionals
- Hearing in Noise is the Holy Grail
- Hearing loss and 'all or nothing' thinking
- Case history question: which ear on the phone?
- Client confidence from LACE training
- Happier relationships: role of the hearing care professional
- Customer service
- Adjusting to hearing loss
- Are Restaurants Way Too Loud?
- Dear 16 Year Old Me
- Disclosing Hearing Loss
- My hearing aids don't work well anymore
- Technology and hearing loss
- The best parts of me
- Turning Point with Hearing Loss
- Upside-Down Thinking
- Ear Candles and Cotton Swabs
- Holiday Season and Hearing Loss
- Focus on Starting
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