Feb 2017 Augusta Free Press

When we think of helping a loved one with hearing loss who declines use of hearing aids, we often think of how important it is to repeat ourselves, speak clearly, speak louder or interpret what others say if they cannot hear the message. But when we do these good deeds for loved ones with a hearing loss, what we don’t realise is that we’re assisting in their failure to seek help. Such well-intended efforts are counterproductive to the ultimate goal of them receiving hearing aids.

Tips

  • Stop repeating yourself! Explain that you are on a “Hearing Help Quest”—one that involves your loved one by allowing him or her the opportunity to realise the significance of their hearing loss. Do not stop helping though. All you do is preface what you repeat by saying each time, “Hearing Help!” or some other identifier. In a short amount of time, your loved ones will realise how often you say this. In turn, they will come to realise how often they depend on you. (This suggestion is only for a loved one who resists the idea of getting any help.)

  • Stop raising your voice (then complaining you’re hoarse). That results in stressing your throat and vocal chords.

  • Stop being the messenger by carrying the communication load for the family. Do not tell your loved one “He said” and “She said” when he or she needs to be responsible for getting this information directly from the source.

  • Do not engage in conversation from another room as tempting as this is and as convenient as it appears. This sets up your communication process for failure.

  • Create a telephone need. This means for you to stop being the interpreter on the telephone. Allow your loved one to struggle in order to recognise how much help he or she needs. We’re looking for motivation (to hear) from your loved one—not you.

Feb 2017 Mashable Australia; B&T magazine; Mumbrella; Daily Advertiser

Hearing loss affects many of us, but few people talk about it. A short film, Does Love Last Forever, wants to open up that conversation. The film has two very different outcomes, that depend entirely on the viewer's hearing ability.  The film follows a couple from courtship to marriage and through to middle age. For those that hear well, it would appear the couple’s relationship remains intact.  

movie endingFor those that have difficulty hearing, the film's audio techniques, choreographed performances and  clever editing would make it appear that the couple's relationship is deteriorating as the film goes on.  Lips are covered during some conversations, making them difficult to read. Ambient sounds mask loving discussions between the couple.

It was all created by Cochlear. Their short film is being shown before screenings of Lion in cinemas. Ultimately, the company wants to raise awareness for hearing loss and remind people that they have treatment options. "When you take away the ability to lip read and background noise, it becomes very difficult for people with hearing loss to follow the conversation," said Emma Ramsay, Senior Audiologist at Cochlear.  Pretty clever, hey. 

Over 3.5 million Australians are living with some form of hearing loss, with the majority in denial that they even have a problem. The campaign will also be rolled out online where users can take an interactive hearing test that better diagnoses their level of hearing loss, ultimately directing them to the nearest audiologist to seek help. “After witnessing reactions of cinemagoers who experienced the film, and seeing the different conclusions people draw from it, we’re confident more people with hearing loss will watch it, debate it, confront their condition and then hopefully get the help they need,” said Ant White, executive creative director of CHE Proximity.

This video via SCIC in Sydney, illustrates how a cochlear implant works.

 

There is a link right here of a document prepared by Andrew Stewart, answering some common questions relating the the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

This document will open in a new tab/window - it can also be saved to your computer desktop NDIS-QandA