Imagine that you are in the middle of a city that you have never been to before and looking to get to the train station.
You are standing there with no idea where to go and no information on how to get there. Then, all of a sudden somebody hands you a map and points to a street name that looks like yours.
Problem solved? Nope!
The map is for another city, but this is not clearly marked and the street name you are on just happens to match the one on the map.
There you go, following the map as best you can to get to the train station, but you are utterly confused as to why you cannot get back to the train station so you can get home.
You are confused because the information that you were led to believe doesn’t coincide with reality.
The reality is that you are lost. You need the help and direction from someone who knows the city well and can lead you to your destination without a hitch.
This analogy represents a truth that many people face; they don’t know what level of hearing that they have got.
They have the symptoms of hearing loss:
- Television is up too loud
- They often ask friends and family to repeat
- They ‘zone-out’ of conversations
And as a result, they are lost in a foreign city and don’t reach the destination that has life, energy and vibrance; the destination is of course, the joy and happiness that comes from having a deep connection with those around them.
How to grab a hold of your own map and follow it home?
The first thing you need to do is accept that even though that first street matches where you were standing, the map you are holding may, in fact, not be correct.
After you have accepted this, you can feel comfortable enough to venture out and ask one of the people in the city who can help you (In this analogy, we can be your tourist information centre).
Your personalised hearing map
By getting a new hearing map. A new path and journey planned out, you can feel calm and more relaxed in your journey. You might even get to know a few things in the process too.
Don’t get lost. Ask us, your hearing information centre for a helping hand and we’ll be there for you all the way.