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!