Extensive research is being conducted on various subjects and fields of life, from illnesses to creating synthetic limbs for amputees or differently abled citizens. With each successful finding, mankind takes a step forward, together. One such finding would be the hearing aids or surgically placed hearing implants, which allows people with partial hearing or even individuals who just possess the bare ability to improve their sense of hearing with the help of an artificial equipment, to gain hearing. Most deaf individuals take pride for being a part of the deaf community, while some would prefer having the ability to hear.
What comes into Play?
Getting implants or hearing aids is a choice up to the person and not for anyone else to make, unless the person with the hearing disability is under the age of eighteen which then means the parents or guardians must give consent for the procedure. The procedure which would be most suitable for the patient depends on the condition, age and cause of the hearing loss, and few other factors that must be considered. The ideal option needs to be chosen by contacting qualified professionals in the matter, from audiologists and ENT Specialists to Surgeons who will discuss the benefits and risks of the process. Once the decision is made and consented to, things could start.
Shaping Life Afterwards
Once the hearing implant or hearing aid has been placed, it would now be time to keep making gradual improvements to achieve the normal lifestyle people with the ability to hear possess. One such step would be the ability to speak coherently, because the person has gotten accustomed to using sign language and lip reading techniques to communicate they would find speaking verbally quite new. To learn to speak properly and develop their skills, speech therapy sessions which are carried out by professional
Speech therapists must be taken, as this will allow one to grasp the speech and language skills required in the correct manner.
Being a different Person
Most people would feel as if they have lost their identity of who they once were after undergoing all these changes, while some would feel new and reborn. This depends on the person and how they allowed themselves to be defined prior to the procedure which was carried out to regain hearing. During this time period, the person would feel quite sensitive and out of place. Which means that it is very important that the family, friends and other associates must act with compassion and empathy towards this healing individual and make them feel loved and welcomed, at all times.