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Colleen Young, Connect Director (@colleenyoung)

Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others

Hearing Loss | Last Active: Mar 20 12:41pm | Replies (1162)

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Welcome new members of the Hearing Loss group!
@llotteb @auntsuz1960 @genuinekim @sharieberts @briley @aecarney @aecarney @wasfitz19 @pjg1 @tallguy39 @pamtis @cjspizz @tls978 @davekoh

We look forward to getting to know you. Why not start by introducing yourself? What brings you to the community? What is your experience with hearing loss?

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I am a 70-year old man with moderate hearing loss in both ears. Sensorineural loss. Wear two digital hearing aids that are one year old (Phonak). I am practically "deaf" when I don't wear them. Therefore, that and a streamer are what keep me connected to the world. I have trouble making out conversations around a banquet table, and at parties in general. I depend on CC on TV to help me with the language. I didn't wear hearing aids until late in life because of denial and stigma. I also didn't get aural rehabilitation like sign language, etc. Now I find ASL and lip-reading very difficult and wearisome. However, I am attending two hard of hearing support groups to make friends and learn coping skills.

@colleenyoung Hi. I'm a 45-year-old man with congenital bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, with profound loss at high frequencies (3,000-8,000Hz). I didn't get my first hearing aid until my Senior year in college, although I first failed a hearing test in kindergarten. I'm now on my third set of digital aids (Widex) and have a streamer for my cell phone. Even with the aids, group conversations are impossible for me. My hearing loss has caused significant social isolation. I recently started attending local HLAA meetings.

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