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I am profoundly sorry for your newest challenge. Since my husband began to lose his hearing at the age of 52, I totally understand what you are going through. But life is not over – this is the very best time to experience this issue because the new technologies make it so much easier than what our parents and grandparents endured. That said, there are a number of things you can do:
I would strongly suggest that you get a hearing test – perhaps you will benefit from hearing aids. The new ones are so small. Costco gives hearing tests at no charge.
There are organizations you can join for support and information, with chapters in your area. Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is where we started our journey (www.hearingloss.org) and then Association for Late Deafened Adults (ALDA) is amazing as well (www.alda.org) – each has something to offer. They each have annual conventions where technology is exhibited and new information shared, and friends “who understand” are made.
Every state has a Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – they will also have valuable information, resources and a library to point you in the direction for the help or support you are looking for.
As for letting your coworkers and/or shopkeepers know you cannot hear them, our products are specifically designed to gently let others know you cannot hear them. You might want to start with our Combo Pack which includes a lapel pin, window decals and visor card for your car, door plaque and Emergency Deaf Response Card for communicating with emergency personnel. In addition, we have a silicone bracelet which is a constant reminder to anyone near you that you cannot hear. You need to let people know that in order to speak with you, they must get your attention first by tapping you on the shoulder so you can read their lips. There are a number of other techniques you can learn from internet searches and the above organizations.
I do hope this has been a help. There is also a book on our website “I’ve Lost My What?” that is marvelous. Every bit helps.