Helen Keller said “I am just as deaf as I am blind. The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus- the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir, and keeps us in the intellectual company of man”.
We are a social species and it is not normal for us to live in isolation every day. Many people, especially those who are elderly, live in isolation due to hearing loss, every day.
Research suggests that the consistent use of amplification, at the earliest possible stages of hearing loss, serves to reconnect people to life. Good hearing has the capacity to change a lonely and quiet world into one where the sound of a neighbor working in the garden and playing with their child, can feel like connection again. The support of a good audiologist to access, fit and adjust the wonderful technologies of hearing aids, helps so many people overcome these difficulties.
The fact that I am able to pick up the phone and speak to my family without any difficulty is a reason to be grateful. To be an audiologist and support people with reconnecting to their desired sound, is another point of joy for me. Gratitude is a mindset that we can express every day. In this time on earth, we are reminded about the things in life that are important. Being together and being able to communicate are at the top of my list.
Stay Safe. Stay Well.
– Carien de Jager