Conquering the Depression of Hearing Loss Is it better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? On one end, when you’ve never felt such great happiness as you have when you truly loved someone else, you can’t imagine life without them and that’s a great feeling. The natural consequence of losing that person is grief. Grief can often lead to depression.
The Consequences of Loss It feels like you’ve lost something truly spectacular, and that leaves an empty hole. That hole can sometimes command all of your attention, making you lose sight of the other truly beautiful things around you that can help you heal and move on. This example touches on a deeper question that affects everyone in different ways. Although you may be lucky enough not to have lost a loved one yet, you may have lost something that you didn’t appreciate until after it was gone. For some, it can be the loss of something as basic as their hearing. Having once enjoyed the lovely melodies of birds singing, children laughing, or music playing, it can be hard to adjust to the blanket of silence that follows you for the rest of your life. Many find themselves looking into similar pits of despair, wondering how they can adjust to a new life with muted or no hearing at all. Many wonder if it would have been better for them to have never heard in the first place so they wouldn’t have to experience the pain that comes from adjusting to hearing loss. If only their eyes could be turned away from the pit of hearing loss to take a look around though, they would see that having once heard and spoken is a strength. They could see that technology has made it so that it truly was better for them to have heard and lost than never to have heard at all.
Recovery through Technology For technology truly has come a long way in improving the lives of the hearing impaired around the world, and in many ways you wouldn’t expect. For instance, you’ve seen closed captioning on TV and subtitles in movies.
For years the deaf have been able to get information and entertainment from the same places as everyone else. What you may not have known is that you can hold conversations with people over the phone with caption calls. Caption call technology exists. It allows those that are able to communicate over the phone to speak with someone with nothing more than a caption call phone. The device listens to what the speaker is saying and types it out onto an easy-to-read screen for the hearing impaired. With the screen in front of them they can process what the other is saying and respond with the voice, intonations, and words they learned while they could still hear well. Little technological advances such as hearing loss phones are helping the recently hearing impaired live lives as closely paralleled to the ones they lived before. These are the beautiful horizons people miss out on when they grow depressed about something they had, but lost. Next time you see someone looking deep into the pit of despair, try to help them see the beauties of the world around them. Maybe that action alone will help them open their eyes to conquer any depression that could be creeping into that personâ€™s life. Isnâ€™t that what this life is about anyways? Learning to help someone through despair brings some of the greatest joy.