What It's Like to Live With Hearing Loss


When you can’t hear, you live in a silent world of isolation and your hearing isn’t the only thing affected.

Hearing loss can change how you feel about yourself and what you believe you can accomplish. When you are unable to communicate with others, it can destroy your confidence.

Hearing loss can be really hard. Even though your Mom tells you that hearing aids give you "super powers", it doesn’t make it any easier when you feel isolated and left out because you can’t hear. You can feel very alone.

Hearing loss is an invisible condition. We can’t see hearing loss – only its effects, which can sometimes be attributed to confusion or personality changes. In developing countries, children with unaided hearing loss and deafness rarely receive any schooling and adults with hearing loss have a much higher unemployment rate. For children who do have access to a school, almost three-fourths with even mild hearing loss fail a grade. 

Outside the developed world, kids without the ability to hear are often ostracized from society. Because they can’t communicate, many aren’t able to attend normal schools. They often can’t work and have difficulty connecting socially and making friends. It can be very lonely.