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Learn from others with hearing loss

If you think you have hearing loss, you are not alone. Over 5% of the world's population has disabling hearing loss.¹ Learning from their stories might help you on your journey to better hearing.

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Study shows hearing aids may improve quality of life

Hearing loss affects your life in different ways. As it often develops gradually over time, it is hard to know when it's time to seek treatment for hearing loss.

People wait an average of 7 years before seeking help. Once they are treated and experience the positive impact hearing aids have on their life, they often regret waiting so long.

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Bob

"When I play softball, it's not only about winning, it's also about communicating with my teammates. The social aspects. And not missing out on anything in my life"

 

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I would say the most important thing in life is the freedom to be yourself.

 

Bob is smiling while getting ready to play softball

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I have an ambitious mindset.

I want to perform when it comes to sports. I want to perform when it comes to work.

 

And actually, I want to live my life to the fullest.

 

Bob holds a softball bat and warms up.

 

Bob walks towards his teammate and gives him a fist bump

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Imagine that ability being taken away from you.

 

Bob sits on the spectator row and watches the others play while talking with his teammate

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I am taking the responsibility to be free.

Free to achieve things in life with no compromise.

 

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Bob talks with an audiologist in a clinic

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When I play softball, it is not only about winning. It is also about communicating with my teammates.

The social aspect and not missing out on anything in my life.

 

 

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"You lose your hearing without noticing it. You don’t know what you can’t hear. My job is to help you through that process, making you feel comfortable."

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Carl

"At one point, I felt more and more excluded when I participated in social events. It was actually kind of a lonely feeling.

I don’t want to compromise in my social life. When I felt I had to compromise, I took action."

 

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I want to share my life with others.

Nothing is more important than feeling connected and communicating with the world and people around me.

Carl is sitting on the sofa with his partner

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You know, feeling closeness, intimacy - support from my partner. And having good discussions with my family and friends.

Carl is laughing with his partner.

Carl and his partner are laughing and talking at a dinner party

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But also, the more low-key daily experiences

A good cup of coffee

A good movie

There are definitely challenges in the daily routines.

Carl is sitting on the sofa with his partner and turns up the volume on the TV.

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At one point I felt more and more excluded when I participated in social events.

It was actually kind of a lonely feeling.

I do not want to compromise in my social life.

Carl is sitting at the dinner party. However, he is not interacting in the discussion with others.

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When I felt I had to compromise, I took action.

Carl talks with an audiologist in a clinic.

Carl inserts his hearing aids.

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Life has so much to offer me and I really want to be a part of it all.

I really want to play an active part in my life

Carl is sitting on the sofa and is laughing and talking with his partner.

Carl is sitting at the dinner party and interacting with the others

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Carmen

"My health is the most precious thing I have. I see my ability to hear as part of being healthy – and leading an active lifestyle. 
I simply do not want to settle. This is the life I want to live."

 

 

 

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My health is the most precious thing I have.

 

Carmen is playing golf with a friend

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Having good health, keeping both my brain and body in shape definitely makes me confident in myself.

 

Carmen and her friend walk together towards the next hole

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I see my ability to hear as part of being healthy.

I live an active lifestyle

Carmen and her friend walk with the golf bag

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One thing is physical health. Another thing is mental health

Carmen sits by the sea.

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I challenge my brain by going to my Japanese language classes, reading a book, solving my sudoku or playing golf with my friend.

 

Carmen takes out a sudoku book from her bag.

Carmen laughs with her friend.

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It is all about making priorities, keeping me intellectual and keeping me in shape.

 

Carmen is completing her sudoku and gazes out towards the sea.

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That is important for me. So, talking to a hearing care expert

 

Carmen talks with an audiologist at a clinic.

 

It was the right thing to do.

I simply do not want to settle.

 

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This is the life I want to live.

Carmen looks out towards the sea.


How to know when it's time to seek help

The signs of hearing loss can be vague and gradual, but they can sometimes be obvious and sudden.

If you recognize one or more of the signs below, then it might be time for you to seek treatment.

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Difficulty following conversations
Difficulty following group conversations (especially when background noise is present)
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Phone conversations are unclear
You have trouble following phone conversations in both quiet and noisy places
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People seem to be mumbling too often
Sounds seem unclear, or people sound like they are mumbling when talking
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Difficulty locating sounds
You have difficulty locating where sounds are coming from
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Signs of tinnitus
You experience ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears
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Turning up the TV too loud
Your friends and family say you turn the television up too loud

Louise

“Then I asked myself: Why compromise if I can do something about it?

And this is why I contacted an expert. I wanted to get back at performing 100%. I wanted life to be as it used to be. I wanted to change my life.”

 

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I sometimes receive feedback from my students - thanking me for my way of teaching.

 

 

Louise walks into the classroom and prepares for class

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To experience engaged and motivated students – it is the greatest gift.

You know when they show their passion about my teaching, I feel committed to perform even better.

Louise is teaching and interacting with the students

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Discussions with engaged students, the debates, the academic arguments, the different perspectives that we discover through the two-way communication.

I really need to maintain these communication skills in order to do my job to perfection

 

Louise is talking with a student after class

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At one point I was not able to be 100% present in the discussion

My first reaction was, now my students do not see me as competent and sharp.

But then I asked myself, why compromise if I can do something about it?

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And this is why I contacted an expert.

I wanted to get back at performing 100%

 

Louise is seen talking with an audiologist in a clinic.

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I wanted life to be as it used to be.

I wanted a life-change

Louise interacts with students who raise their hands in class

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Sources:

  1. Deafness and hearing loss (https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss)
  2. HearingLife Marketing, Customer Research Study, Nov 2020, Sponsored by HearingLife