On my way to the Saskatchewan Hearing Health Conference, I picked up Louise Penny’s latest book to read on the plane. The dedication took my breath away:
“This book is dedicated to second chances—
Those who give them
And those who take them.”
I put the book down and thought of second chances. How precious they are.
When we have hearing loss, and communication breaks down, both communication partners have a responsibility to repair the situation.
Many of us with hearing loss will admit to shirking our responsibility.
For example, we don’t make the effort to explain our hearing loss to a stranger.
Or we bluff our way through conversations, pretending we have understood.
We say “What?!” impatiently, when we really should say, “I have a hearing loss. Please slow down and look at me. Thank you.”
Perfection doesn’t exist. But I am willing to admit that I can do better.
What about you? What would you do if you had a second chance? Are you where you want to be?
(Would love to hear about it…)