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Life is full of change yet we humans avoid change at all costs. We like our routines. Those of us who go to church will sit in the exact same place every week if at all possible. When we go out to eat, my daughter makes us sit in the same position every time, she and I on one side of the table and my wife and other daughter on the other side. We are funny creatures. So why do we resist change even when we know it may be good for us?
FEAR. We hate unpredictability, things we can’t control. You sometimes hear of people who stay in harmful relationships because of fear of the unknown. This is why some folks put off addressing their hearing loss. They feel the familiarity of “getting by” not hearing so well is better than the risk of getting hearing aids. What if they don’t work? What if I don’t like them? These and a million other questions plague them. I would ask them this, “What if they do work and you love the way you hear?”
Hearing loss is just as much psychological as it is physical. What I mean is, there is physical damage to the actual hearing nerve and at the same time how we feel about the loss, its effects on our communication, and the fear of bringing it to light weigh a person down emotionally. This is why for some it’s just easier to ignore it. When the results of the hearing loss create more challenges than the fear we imagine, then people will consider getting help. I like this acronym for fear, False Evidence Appearing Real. Most of the things you worry about will never happen.
Come get a screening and see if we can help. There is a really good chance we can.