Categories: Hearing Loss

The 6 Faces of Hearing Loss

Learn more about the many interesting ways people cope with hearing loss.

One thing we hear frequently from our clients is that living with hearing loss can sometimes feel like living with an alter ego. And if you experience any type of hearing loss, chances are you’ve picked up your own alter ego along the way. Any of these ring a bell?

The Pretender: You nod your head and smile no matter what, because you can’t understand what’s being said. Let’s hope you’re never accused of a crime! But hey, you might get a reduced sentence for being such an agreeable defendant.

The Leaner: You catch yourself leaning forward to hear the conversation, even at the risk of toppling headfirst toward the speaker. People probably call you the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Or “that one person who prefers literally falling over to dealing with their hearing loss.”

The Accuser: You think everyone has started mumbling when speaking to you. And it’s not just your friends and family. Even people on the TV and radio are mumbling in your presence. How they all found the time to get together to plan this elaborate conspiracy, you’ll never know.

The Repeater: You frequently ask people, “what?” or “say that again?” As a matter of fact, you ask these two questions so often that your friends are thinking of having custom T-shirts made for you that say, “Sorry, could you repeat that?” Unsurprisingly, this alter ego goes hand-in-hand with The Pretender. When all else fails, smile and nod.

The Human Hearing Aid: Who needs a hearing aid when you have someone there to repeat everything being said? Sure, it’s getting harder to find a willing participant, but once you find one, you’re golden. After all, it works like a charm for you and it’s such fun for them!

The Shuffler: You move around a table or group of people to best position yourself to hear a conversation. And hey, if you find yourself plopped down in the middle of the table, so be it. You make an excellent centerpiece, if you do say so yourself.

Do any of these six characters sound familiar?

If your answer is yes and you want to ditch that Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde vibe you’ve got going on, we can help with that. Eargo hearing aids will help ensure you never ask “what was that?” again.

And even if you don’t have one of these alter egos in your life yet, preventing hearing loss can help keep them at bay. That means you have to be proactive in your approach to hearing health. After all, you take your vitamins. You go to the gym. You take care of your body. Why should your hearing be any different?

Our hearing professionals are always happy to help discuss the best options for your hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.

And we have a feeling you’ll love Eargos. They’re the easy-to-try, easy-to-buy, easy-to-use hearing aid. And they’re the hearing aid that TIME Magazine named as one of their Best Inventions of 2018.

Upgrade your ears with our 21st-century technology. Request a free sample kit to learn how our modern hearing aids fit and feel with a mock device. Or contact one of our PHGs today by calling 1-800-734-7603. They’ll get you set-up in no time at all, and help you kiss Mr. Hyde goodbye forever.  

Amanda Bellister

Amanda is Eargo's intrepid copywriter. She spends her days sipping coffee and brainstorming ear puns. So far, she's penned aurally good one or two.

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