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Living with a hearing loss. Here’s a personal story.

I hate waiting rooms, they make me nervous – they’re all the same: large rooms full of people with lots of potential for embarrassing hearing mistakes.

Waiting rooms are incredibly noisy–with bunches of kids or they are deathly silent with no-one uttering a word. I’m not sure which is better.

When it’s really noisy I have no chance of hearing when my name is called. But then at least I have an excuse, “Sorry, so noisy in here, couldn’t hear you”.

When it’s quiet it’s probably worse as everyone is bored and is watching everyone else as they have nothing better to do.

It’s usually while I’m sitting in a waiting room that I’m reminded how much I don’t hear. I always try to sit close to the caller possible and even then I may not manage to hear my name being called.

You’re probably wondering why I don’t just tell someone about my hearing loss? I usually do. But then the caller might not realize how much louder they need to be, or they can’t be bothered, or they forget.

Another thing I hate about being in waiting rooms is when my appointment time has passed and I start wondering if I’ve actually been called and I didn’t hear. Are they just running late or should I go and see if I was called?

It would be great if waiting rooms could have a screen up and print the name of the person being called. Or maybe send a text message to my phone. Anything to make the experience a bit less stressful really.

Thank you to Deafness and Hearing Aids for an insight into unrecognized problems that hearing loss causes.

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