If you’ve recently been diagnosed with hearing loss or have experienced hearing loss for some time, you may have heard about hearing loss support groups. Living with hearing loss can feel isolating, and joining a support group could provide you with advice and resources to navigate the condition.
If you’ve struggled to hear your coffee dates at Aurora Coffee, you may consider scheduling a hearing test.
One in eight people aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in one or both ears, according to standard hearing examinations. It’s a common condition that often takes people several years to seek treatment.
Benefits of a Support Group
Researchers in a 2019 study interviewed participants in hearing loss support groups to determine the benefits of involvement. Participants (aged 55-76) reported three themes.
- Increased practical and accessible information about hearing loss
- Social belonging leading to personal transformation
- A new and mutually beneficial direction
Support groups also offer emotional support, practical advice and a sense of belonging.
How to Find a Support Group
Your hearing specialist can help determine if joining a support group is right for you. They may even be able to provide you with recommendations or local support groups.
Online support groups are an excellent option for those hoping to maintain anonymity. A quick Google search can help users find the best option for them.
Other options for finding a support group:
- Your local healthcare clinic or community center may host support groups or have a list of options.
- You can ask your personal network for recommendations.
- Mayo Clinic has a resource list to research support groups for various medical conditions in your area.
If you have questions about hearing loss support groups or want to schedule a hearing test, contact Advanced Hearing to schedule an appointment.