There was a time that I wrote for Fortune 100 companies, edited books, dashed off Op-eds and made a good living.
I now use the two-fingered style of typing.
I don’t remember how this catastrophe happened.
Yes, I’ve grown older. But I just can’t put my finger on the shift from powerhouse writer to the need for Grammarly.
It turns out that it was my hearing was a big part of-of my problem.
According to Betterhearing.org, any people are aware that their hearing has deteriorated but are reluctant to seek help. Perhaps they don’t want to acknowledge the problem, are embarrassed by what they see as a weakness, or believe that they can “get by” without using a hearing aid. And, unfortunately, too many wait years, even decades, to address the effects of hearing loss before getting treatment.
But time and again, research demonstrates the considerable effects of hearing loss on development as well as negative social, psychological, cognitive and health effects of untreated hearing loss. Each can have far-reaching implications that go well beyond hearing alone. In fact, those who have difficulty hearing can experience such distorted and incomplete communication that it seriously impacts their professional and personal lives, at times leading to isolation and withdrawal.
I knew my hearing was an issue when I visited an audiologist who asked if I had ever been in a rock band. The answer was “No.”
I thought I was okay. So I left it for a few more years. And then I lost my job.
The Effects of Untreated Hearing Loss
Studies have linked untreated hearing loss effects to:
- irritability, negativism, and anger
- fatigue, tension, stress and depression
- avoidance or withdrawal from social situations
- social rejection and loneliness
- reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety
- impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks
- reduced job performance and earning power.
- diminished psychological and overall health.
So do yourself a favor and get your hearing checked. I burst into tears when I was fitted for my hearing aids. I could hear everything. I had missed so much.