Hearing loss or hearing impairment is the partial or total inability to hear which can develop immediately or over a period of time. Hearing loss is quite common problem and is due to noise, aging, disease or heredity. People with hearing loss find following conversations very tough and frustrating in different environments. Nonetheless, many do not admit that they have trouble hearing. This is due to societal stigma.
We at Better Hearing Australia, Canberra look at fighting the stigma towards progressive hearing loss which though a distasteful topic within our society is quite a natural outcome like any other medical condition. We look at providing people with progressive hearing loss, answers towards communicating in society irrespective of their hearing loss and providing society with information to stop the stigma which is set within our community thus allowing society to function and work in harmony.
Hearing loss mainly causes the inability for a person to communicate with people clearly. People with progressive hearing loss may find it very frustrating to deal with society and vice versa. This creates feelings of annoyance and irritation within society and the hearing impaired. Due to this people with hearing loss distance themselves from society as they do not feel understood and feel lost, making it difficult to find answers to their problems in society.
This eventually fosters beliefs within society such as, the person with hearing loss would not be fit to be a good parent, would not do good at a job, would not be independent anymore, would be prone to depression etc. On the contrary, these beliefs are the main cause for any person to spiral out of control. Our society thus becomes part of the problem due to lack of empathy, patience and understanding. Where the affected person understands their disability and takes appropriate remedial actions with the help of society’s inclusivity, the stigma is usually disarmed
Hearing impaired are not part of the problem but are part of our society.
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