5.5. Subjective experience of hearing difficulties
The majority of the participants participating in this study have been experiencing hearing
difficulties for a period of time at least five years and over, and at the beginning was
somehow neglected or considered like a difficulty that comes along with age. Five out of
ten respondents expressed themselves that the impairment was noticed by themselves,
while the other half of the ten participants said that it was noticed by one of their
immediate family member. One of the respondents expressed himself:
“I realized my hearing difficulty while talking over the phone with my nieces and nephews” (Charles).
He used to require them to speak louder to clearly understand what was being...
However, this difficulty was not experienced at the same level from the
participants that took part in this study:
“When I talk on the phone there is no difference, I still can hear”, but the wife of this participants adds: “He shouts while on the phone and gets angry than he passes the phone to me to talk to the person and then to explain to him” (Michael and his wife).
“I hear okay in the phone as it’s designed for elderly, but when I hear the TV, I won’t hear the phone ringing, although its volume is high” (Alfred).
“Talking over the phone is not too bad, I manage without hearing aids, I put the receiver in my ear, but I can manage on the phone” (Martin).
“As regarding conversations on the phone sometimes if a person that has a very loud voice deafens me and that bothers me, but a person soft spoken I found it better, a person that speaks normal, as shouting is worse”...
Owing to such feelings many of them reported
withdrawal from social activities and therefore, isolation. Five out of ten participants were
explicit in their statements:
“I feel frustrated when I’m in a group of people as I don’t understand them.” (Charles).
“I do feel frustrated and angry when I don’t understand what my wife and son say” (Carmel).
“When I was first diagnosed with this problem of hearing I used to feel frustrated not understanding the others and in my position, being a priest communication was very crucial part in leading various activities” (Martin).
“Sometimes it can be very frustrated on my part and on their part as well, because you know I might get things twisted and these are things that lead you to misunderstand” (Monica).
“For us (herself and her husband) knowing the diagnose at first was very frustrating, until you start getting somehow used with it and try to find ways to cope” (Greta).
On parallel line, such feelings were reported by other participants that apart of frustration were
manifesting excessive distrust towards others becoming...
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