What I’ve learned from hearing better………By Dr. Richard Reikowski, Au.D Family Hearing and Balance Center

Those having hearing loss share that often what was missing began to lose it’s meaning. In other words, having had a hearing loss for many years it becomes easy to forget what sounds were once heard and then forgotten. As we place importance on the sounds missing from our lives, we begin to open to a new part of life. This new aspect of our life can be humbling, frightening, as well as one that can make a person feel nervous. For in improving our hearing, we move from being comfortable or at least familiar in living a certain way. The world was quieter. In the quietness, we became more distanced and secondary to the conversations. In this, we might not have participated in the stories shared by others. We often may have been the one the story was shared about as a bystander.

Improving hearing brings us closer to an active way of the here and now. We learn to act, listen, and share. With hearing better, we are called to become a part of life with others in a more joyous and connected way. By hearing in ways we could not imagine, we look to the people around us with inspiration and newness.

We are always learning….and often it’s a wonderful surprise gift!


 

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  1. Marie

    Very true.

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jen Subotnik

    Yes, I had a patient the other day that became startled by the sound of the doors banging closed at the office next to us. They were checking out at my window and their eyes became enlarged and said WHAT WAS THAT?! I said it was the door closing out in the foyer. They said, I never would have heard that before! I could tell it was a sound they had not heard in a very long time.

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Jen,
      It’s exciting to see peoples ears pick up such new abilities.

  3. Kristie Dannemiller-Smith

    Nothing better than being able to communicate with family!! Especially through the holidays!

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      True Kristie!

  4. Dale Hansen

    I had no idea that computer keyboards made so much of “clacking” sound at first. The other is NOT having people repeat themselves. Both were new to me.

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Yes, they sure do Dale. I am glad that they were a good “new” to you!

  5. Joanne Upton

    It is amazing to hear sounds that were once missing.

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      I bet it is! Thanks Joanne for sharing!

  6. Gail Reagan

    Very well explained, and a good reminder!!

    • Richard Reikowski Post author

      Thank you Gail!

  7. Amy

    true, we are always learning.

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