When is a loss a loss? I recently lost a good friend to a massive heart attack. I also recently heard some people debate whether it was more difficult to adjust to losing your hearing at birth or later on in life? I guess, its all relative, yet I can’t help but feel, we need to put things in perspective. I guess to me at this point in time, the question in my mind is, is it better to be dead at age 57 or be alive with a hearing loss at age 57?
Naturally, losing one’s heairng is not easy at any age but it certainly depends on the individuals’ personality as to whether they will adjust as well as possible, or fall into the hells of depression. I’m sure some people out there would rather be dead than experience the hearing loss or deafness that they’ve acquired, yet I can’t accept that as an alternative. Sure, I have no idea how I would react to being deaf. I have a hearing loss and at times my speech discrimination is so bad, its as good as having a bubble over my head. But is it better to be “dead.” I don’t believe so.
There are so many ways to get help from people who’ve been there and done that. People who can share their inner most feelings about the depression that comes sometimes from losing one’s hearing. Sometimes we just need to put things in perspective, as hard as that might be. We need to think of those we love and those we share lives with and say, Is it better to be here or better to be six feet under. We all have this one life to live, deaf or with a hearing loss, whatever the situation is, if it cannot be changed, than living our lives to its fullest is the ONLY alternative.