John’s story – Making hearing health a top priority!

picture of client John and his wifeJohn Duncan has profound hearing loss. For many years, he struggled with his hearing health, often retreating from conversations and social situations due to embarrassment and not being able to fully participate in the conversation. 

This all changed when John, along with his wife, attended the Sound Advice on Hearing Health workshops hosted by Canadian Hearing Services. Through the workshops, John learned several communication strategies to help improve communication and manage his hearing health. 

“Hello, I am hard of hearing. If you directly look at me and speak slowly, I will have a better chance of communicating with you.”

That is a statement John now makes thanks to the Sound Advice on Hearing Health workshops he attended.

According to the 2012 to 2015 Canadian Health Measures Survey, 40% of Canadian adults aged 20 to 79 have at least slight hearing loss in one or both ears (1).  With a significant number of the population experiencing some degree of hearing loss, it is imperative that access to the right tools and support are available. 

Access to clear, accessible communication is crucial since it impacts many aspects of our daily lives.  For those who have difficulty communicating due to hearing loss, everyday interactions can pose stressful challenges. 

The impacts of diminished hearing can result in social consequences including embarrassment; fatigue; anxiety; depression and distress; social isolation and participation restrictions. Health consequences include mobility issues; falls and other injuries; lower quality of life; cognitive decline and dementia; and mortality (2). 

However, this does not need to be the case. With the right supports in place, barriers to communication can be reduced so that all individuals can stay connected and engaged.

That is why in May, during Speech and Hearing Awareness month, we shine a spotlight and raise awareness about hearing health and the importance of early detection of hearing loss.  

For John, having an honest conversation about his hearing loss led to an understanding of the tools available to him which have helped improve his communication with others and eliminate his feelings of embarrassment. READ JOHN’S FULL STORY HERE.

Make hearing and communication health a top priority this month! Let Canadian Hearing Services help you manage your hearing health, improve communication and stay connected! 
For more information, please contact us at 1-866-518-0000, or info@chs.ca. 

We are hosting Webinars! 

Interesting in learning more about hearing health and how to manage and improve communication? Canadian Hearing Services has you covered! 

Sources:
(1)    Unperceived hearing loss among Canadians aged 40 to 79 (statcan.gc.ca)
(2)    Unperceived hearing loss among Canadians aged 40 to 79 (statcan.gc.ca)