My mother (owner of Baker Hearing Aids in Macon, GA) has a big stack of these commandments by the door of her office and suggests that her clients take as many copies as they would like so they can give them to friends and family! Just because someone’s hearing is being improved by a hearing aid, it does not necessarily mean that they will be able to now hear everything in the “normal” hearing range. The method of hearing loss, the duration of the loss, the extremity of the loss and many, many more factors may help us drastically improve hearing, while still leaving much to be desired.
For example (completely hypothetical numbers), a patient with hearing loss could find that they only understand 2 out of every 10 spoken words in a hearing test at “normal” volume. Perhaps with their specific range of loss, with good hearing aid programming and amplification, they are able to understand 9 out of 10 words. That is a HUGE improvement! One that will absolutely prove life altering, however, family and friends have to be understanding and patient as this person will still miss an average of 1 out of every 10 words. Now if this person can see your body language and read your lips they may get full understanding. Read these commandments so that you can do everything possible to support your friend with treated or untreated hearing loss. Oh, and the questions, “Are you wearing your hearing aids?!” can be extremely hurtful to someone who IS wearing them and is just not hearing perfectly.
Update: I originally created this image in 2014 when I was running a blog called InMyGoodEar.com. I have recently updated the image to reflect my current business and blog and I do own rights to this image as I created it. I have been so very pleased to see this image go viral on social media and hope that it can help a loved one to be a better support system.
Do you have another commandment to add to the list? Do you wish your family and friends knew these rules? Feel free to share this list!
Hi! I’m Madison. I’m a Hearing Instrument Specialist ( like my mother ). I’m observing, learning, absorbing and sharing as I become a part of this beautiful community. I want to know you! So please leave me comments if my posts are meaningful to you or teach you something new, and feel free to tweet me at @LevineHearing!