Let’s Support Ukrainian Refugees with Hearing Loss

Bombs. Terror. Acute stress. Anger. Grief. Fleeing for your life.

Added to this unimaginable horror taking place is the lack of essential supplies – including hearing aid/processor batteries and communication access for people who are deaf or need assistive technology to understand.

As a person with profound hearing loss and equally profound tinnitus, I can hardly guess at what a Ukrainian person with hearing loss is experiencing, right now. Without working assistive devices, I would  understand little of what people are saying. Stress and the noise of bombs and destruction would ramp my tinnitus to the point of unbearableness. How possible would it be to calm myself through meditation, with my world being destroyed around me?

This war might not be our experience, but we are affected by it. How can we not? As people with hearing loss, let’s help those who need our help to hear and understand. Even though we may have already donated, there are specific organizations and funds that will get support and supplies to people with hearing loss affected by this war. The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) and its European Federation have identified two sources for helping persons with hearing loss. You can give individually or have your local hearing loss association get in touch with IFHOH to donate.

If you know of other hearing and communication supports being offered in Ukraine or to its refugees, please share them in a comment below.

Imagine being frightened and sick – and not being able to understand what people are saying. Let’s help.  

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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