Making the journey to better hearing might take some tough love
Coping is a survival skill. It’s a natural response to any kind of loss. But it can also get in the way of getting real help. As a caregiver for someone with hearing loss, your job is to coach your loved one along the path to better hearing and a better connection with life. And that can mean having to deal with the roadblocks they put up.
This isn’t an easy task. As they get older, people resist change, even change for the better, for many reasons, including denial, vanity, depression or identity crisis. For them, coping is an easy way of kicking the can down the road. This is a dangerous strategy, as hearing loss is associated with anxiety, depression and dementia as it advances untreated.