Communication. In many ways, I think a lot of us take it for granted. It’s not just about staying in touch with our friends and family, although that’s a big part of it. It’s also about staying connected with what’s going on around us – the cry of a baby through a monitor, the knock at the door, the blare of the smoke detector.
Life’s about communication, about connecting with the world.
But for the 1 in 4 Canadians who report having some degree of hearing loss, from ringing in their ears to being deaf since birth, there are innumerable barriers to clear and effective communication. Take for example something that we consider commonplace, smoke detectors. Someone who is hearing can go to their local hardware store, pick one up for around $20, and install it in their home with a couple of screws and a new battery. Yes, it drives you crazy when burning toast sets it off but at least you know it’s doing its job and you can hear it when it does.