“Grief is a common side effect of hearing loss,” said Groves. “I experienced denial at first, followed by shock, anger, depression, and eventual acceptance. Blogging about this kind of loss was therapeutic in that I wasn’t keeping these emotions bottled up. As I wrote, I processed my feelings and attempted to understand them.”
Why did you decide to get hearing aids after lipreading for so long?
“The first stage of hearing loss—denial—affected me for two years. I refused to get hearing aids at first because I didn’t want anyone to know I had a loss. The hearing aids weren’t attractive with my short hairstyle at the time, so I thought. I was also a working mom. If my boss saw the hearing aids…
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