This is a question sent to me a while back but that is worth sharing now. Instead of answering this question myself, I thought I would open it up to you---the readers of this column---to see what you would suggest.
Dear Lipreading Mom,
Although I’ve had hearing loss for the past five or so years, it seems like
the last couple of weeks I have really noticed more loss. I wear hearing aids
and am attempting to get my classroom looped to help me hear my students. I’m trying to be as proactive as possible, but I have this pit in my stomach that
wakes me up at 1:00am worrying. I know there will be the cochlear implant
available if I lose much more hearing. What complicates this is that I have this
awful voice occlusion where my own voice is really distorted and it constantly
reminds me of the inevitable. I’ve tried to locate a support group, and there’s one quite far from my home. I put messages on Craigslist tryig to find others in my situation, and so far it’s hard to believe but no one answers. I really want to accept this and move on, but when I realize there are things such as the radio---which I used to easily hear and now it’s starting to be distorted—it brings me back down. Any suggestions?
A Lipreading Lonelyheart
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Shanna Groves was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss after the birth of her first child. She was 27. Raised in a hearing family, Shanna traces her hearing loss to a genetic loss on the paternal side of her family. She is mom to three young children, a published author, and speaker. Her books are featured at www.ShannaGroves.com. Shanna blogs about being a hard of hearing mom at http://LipreadingMom.com.