A Hearing Loss & Late Deafened Blog

Hearing Loss, The Road Less Traveled

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2014 at 11:58 am

By Chelle George


I read this book some years ago and picked it up again the other day. Because my life perspective have shifted over these last 3 years or so, I’m picking up completely different things from it. Here is something that slowed me down, reading word by word instead of the sentences if that makes sense. I thought, “This applies to many of with hearing loss.” I’m going to quote the paragraph below:

“Recently we have been hearing of the “mid-life crisis.” (Change this to hearing loss crisis.) Actually, this is but one of many “crises,” or critical stages of development, in life, as Erik Erikson taught us thirty years ago. (Erikson delineated eight crises; perhaps there are more.) What makes crises of these transition periods in the life cycle–that is problematic and painful–is that in successfully working our way through them we must give up cherished notions and old ways of doing and looking at things. Many people are either unwilling or unable to suffer the pain of giving up the outgrown which needs to be forsaken. Consequently they cling, often forever, to their old patterns of thinking and behaving, thus failing to negotiate any crisis, to truly grow up, and to experience the joyful sense of rebirth that accompanies the successful transition into greater maturity.”

In order to grow/mature in our hearing loss, we need to let go of old ways and embrace the new ways/lesson. It’s the clinging that’s so painful. What do you think?

  1. Interesting. I’m in the midst of my own “hearing loss crisis” right now. I’m unaided with increasing loss and my old ways of doing things are definitely not working anymore! I’m also a bit of a clinger. But I love life, my family and my friends. I’m willing to learn and ready to mature. Time to drop the old and embrace the new. I’m so grateful to have found this blog. Thank you to everyone for sharing here.

    • Good to hear from you. It’s hard to give up the old way of life and hearing was so much easier than not hearing so well. However it doesn’t mean the end of life, just a new way of doing things and I manage fine once I get unstuck and out of my pity party.

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