The High Cost of Hearing Loss

The High Cost of Hearing Loss.

Trying this new Press This feature in WordPress.  Pretty impressive.  Saves me from creating the title and setting up the link.  Today’s story comes from The Vancouver Sun.

I’m a little surprised that they found somebody with a hearing loss to interview.  Of course, it shouldn’t be that hard, but people with a hearing loss don’t usually like to spread the word.  So good for Mr. Dwyer for stepping up and being interviewed.  Kudos to him.  It’s not easy to speak out on hearing loss like he has.

Definitely, it looks like B.C. is behind the other provinces in terms of providing quality of life to the hard-of-hearing.  Apparently, Ontario is able to provide $500 towards a hearing aid in each ear.  That’s $1,000 total towards the cost of a pair of hearing aids.  From what I understand, all you need is your Ontario Health Insurance Plan and you’re good to go.

Unfortunately, hearing loss is not a life and death situation.  So emergency wait times and life-saving operation wait times are definitely a priority.  However, hearing loss affects a huge number of people.  It’s not something that should be shrugged off nor swept under the rug.  Just as the B.C. Cancer Agency would say that we all know somebody affected by cancer, I think we can all safely say that we all also know somebody affected by a hearing loss.

I heard a quote one time and I can’t remember who said it at this time, but it goes like this.

“Hearing loss is not life-threatening, but it is lifestyle threatening.  Hearing loss changes the way we live.”

Helen Keller had a very profound quote about hearing loss and blindness.

I am just as deaf as I am blind. The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus– the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir, and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.

Blindness separates us from things but deafness separates us from people.

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