What do Hearing Impaired Individuals Want

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Mar 29, 2010

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Pondering the question of what the hearing impaired really want, it can be said that they want to be good fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, sensitive to others needs and thoughts.
They want to hear intimate speech and to hear clearly the words, I love you, I appreciate you in tones that match the message. They want to bond and feel at one.
They are tired of being an invisible segment of their social circle. They want to hear small talk and contribute in kind.
They want to be able to relax and enjoy, to breathe deeply and freely, not anxious and tense during a meal at a fine restaurant.
They want to hear the dialogue over the music, television without dominating every cubic inch of the room, and their spouse to smile and squeeze their hand in the quiet moment, without having to repeat to the point of frustration.
They want to know who youre talking to on the phone without asking or hear you through the door when caught in bathrobe.
Older hearing-impaired individuals want to be able to pass the Mini Mental State Exam when the crucial questions are asked, without having checkbook, driver's license, deed to their home, and personal independence taken from them.
They want to hear the small child's voice, and to be a calming influence that there is a bright future in store for the next generation.
What do hearing impaired individuals want? They want all of the above, and the only way they can get it is by seeking out the services of a dedicated, caring hearing health professional.
Borrowing from poet William Butler Yeats, the hearing-impaired individual is like the Falcon flying in ever widening gyres, unable to hear the Falconer standing below, and simply searching for answers to their steadily advancing problem. The hearing health professional is like the Falconer, welcoming arm stretched forth, waiting for the struggling Falcon to come home.

Dr. Chartrand serves as Director of Research at Digicare Hearing Solutions, Inc., with offices located in Colorado City, La Junta, and Trinidad, and as Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine at NorthCentral University. Information: 719-676-4377.

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