The really sad thing is that it can often be as long as ten years after an individual's hearing loss becomes apparent before any action is taken. Think about the potential loss of cognitive function, not to mention the other adverse effects that untreated hearing loss is now being shown to have on the brain. Our brains are wonderfully adaptable and can often compensate for hearing loss, to a degree, especially in the early stages, but the toll on the individual can be enormous. I know - I have lived basically all my life with hearing loss and still vividly remember the discrimination, isolation and general shittiness it has had on my life. Hearing loss is not something that should be shrugged off, so I encourage everyone who is experiencing it to DO someting about it as quickly as you can.
I have also come to realise that there are a whole host of what I feel, are 'unrealistic' expectation of those of us with cochlear implants. This story talks about some of those things and how my implants affect me today.
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