OMG – 64 Years of Hearing Loss!

The other morning, I woke up and thought, today’s my birthday. I’m 64.

How in the world did this happen to me? How can this be?! It seems I’ve only just started feeling like an adult, and all of a sudden, I’m a senior

Then I went into the bathroom and looked in the mirror. The answer was right there, in the face, 64 years of living.

And my hearing? I can’t even say I have the ears of a 90-year-old, because I know many nonagenarians (this is an age bracket, not an eating style) who can hear a pin drop. But after almost six and a half decades of hearing loss, I’m getting a little concerned that we’re running out of time to find a cure for it. What good will it do me when, at age 90, some perky young audiologist in the nursing home says, “Hey, guess what, Mrs. Hannan?  They’ve found a cure for your hearing loss!”


After she’s repeated herself several times and finally found my hearing aid which I’d once again hidden under the mattress, I say, “Well, isn’t that nice, dear. When’s lunch?

OK, I’m just ranting along here. I’ve long accepted that I’m going to take my hearing loss and maybe my tinnitus into the next world with me. Just as I’ve long been grateful for the technical advancements that have saved me from a dependent on lipreading. My hearing technology is a life essential – along with water, air, food and wine – even though I’ve tried to drown it, stomp it to pieces, bake it to a crisp in the sun, and bury it in the sand.

Yet this amazing hearing technology needs to be available to everyone and anyone whose life could be changed by it. For this to happen, we have to keep pushing for more affordable access to hearing technology from governments and corporations – access that is necessary to put us on a level playing field with the hearing people.

Young people across the continent are standing up and demanding safer schools – surely that should inspire us to support organizations that are working for our needs as people with hearing loss.

64 years of hearing loss. During that time, things have changed a lot (including my face). Miracles have happened – and we need to keep pushing for more.

Let’s do it.


Photo: Dr. Odd

About Gael Hannan

The Better HearingConsumer addresses the personal experience of living with hearing loss. Editor Gael Hannan and her occasional guest bloggers explore every corner of the hearing loss life with humor and poignancy. Comment Policy   Gael Hannan, Editor Gael Hannan is an author, speaker and advocate on hearing loss issues. In addition to her weekly blog at the Better Hearing Consumer, which has a passionate international following,Gael has written two acclaimed books, “The Way I Hear It: A Life with Hearing Loss”and “Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss”, written with Shari Eberts. She is regularly invited to present her uniquely humorous and insightful work to appreciative audiences around the world. Gael has received many awards for her work that advocates for individuals to become more knowledgeable and successful at dealing with their hearing loss and a more inclusive society for them to live in. She lives with her husband on Vancouver Island, Canada. Books and other media Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss. Written with Shari Eberts and available anywhere books are sold. The Way I Hear It: A Life With Hearing Loss. Available through online bookstores. Unheard Voices, DVD, vignettes from the hearing loss life. Contact Gael Hannan to order.

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