Counselling for hearing loss is a specialist area we have engaged by request of people in our region who require sensitive and aware supports.
We are not audiologists. We are Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Our work in this area helps clients with the psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual experiences of dealing with hearing loss.
Hearing loss can be insidious. People can have major hearing loss without realising this for years. Loss of hearing can exist in certain frequencies, and effect people in quite different ways. Various levels of hearing and deafness create unique challenges in communication, and effect relationships, intimacy, and family life in many ways that are often not discussed openly. These additional layers create challenges for spouses and family when living with someone with hearing loss. But the good news is that all these and more issues can be addressed in sensitive and helpful ways.
Research shows that strong audiology support combined with therapeutic counselling and psychotherapy increase patient resilience and satisfaction with their chosen path of intervention.
Dealing with testing, hearing aids trials, getting used to aids, surgery, chronic issues that cause discomfort, and hearing loss associated with aging are all extremely challenging.
Many studies show that hearing loss counselling is a key factor in easing the adjustment challenges. It is no substitute for expert medical and audiology assessment. But as an adjunct to audiology, specialist counselling therapy is highly regarded.