HEARa is dedicated to the idea that people need the right information, at the right times, to be successful with hearing loss. HEARa’s mission is to reach out to adults with hearing loss and say—keep going. Learning about your hearing loss should be a lifelong process.

Second Chances

On my way to the Saskatchewan Hearing Health Conference, I picked up Louise Penny’s latest book to read on the plane.  The dedication took my breath away:

“This book is dedicated to second chances—

Those who give them

And those who take them.”

I put the book down and thought of second chances.  How precious they are.

When we have hearing loss, and communication breaks down, both communication partners have a responsibility to repair the situation. 

Many of us with hearing loss will admit to shirking our responsibility. 

For example, we don’t make the effort to explain our hearing loss to a stranger.

Or we bluff our way through conversations, pretending we have understood.

We say “What?!” impatiently, when we really should say, “I have a hearing loss.  Please slow down and look at me.  Thank you.”

Perfection doesn’t exist.  But I am willing to admit that I can do better.

What about you?  What would you do if you had a second chance? Are you where you want to be?

(Would love to hear about it...)

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