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Dealing with a spouse who has profound hearing loss.

Hearing Loss | Last Active: Mar 3 8:48am | Replies (62)

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@julieo4

There is a lot of technology that can help people with profound hearing loss. No one has to become reclusive if they are willing to use the technology available and also to advocate for it when necessary.

Cochlear implants are modern day miracles. So is assistive technology that goes beyond prescriptive hearing aids. Does your husband use assistive technology? Has he been evaluated for a cochlear implant?

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He has not been evaluated for a cochlear implant. Somehow he's afraid of even considering that. His audiologist is very pleasant but has done a poor job of suggesting anything beyond a hearing aid. He has recently ordered ear molds and a Roger On, at the suggestion of our wonderful local HLAA members. I am hopeful that they can guide him in other useful devices. He can be stubborn and wants to "manage this himself."

Sorry for the delay in responding. I do not think that he is a candidate for a cochlear implant because he has also had a stroke which delays his auditory processing. He does see an audiologist faithfully and has been pickly about finding a good one, and a cochlear implant has never been suggested. He is a former engineer and has tried various devices and gadgets. He just bought a Roger, which has been remarkably helpful.

The difficult thing is that he's just given up. Trying to engage in conversations is draining.
Socializing is impossible. That leaves me in a real quandry. How can the two of us peacefully coexist? I am not nearly ready to hang up my hat.