I am new to the forum and would not wish to pretend I have experience with significant hearing loss; however, it has been a problem lately and I am currently dealing with how to pay for the testing and then what I am sure will be obtaining HA’s.
As I try to express my concern and sense of loss to those close to me about my situation, as i adjust to it, they are not always receptive and it’s hurtful for sure.
Without knowing you, or how you approach life, all I can think to say is I totally get where you are coming from and see your point. Crap, it sucks when people you want comfort from, or simply to show a little compassion, try to make light of the situation.
I do know from going through a very serious period of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) it’s very hard for outsiders to relate. Empathy–the ability for people to understand what you are painfully experiencing–is not easy for a lot of people, even for those who know you well. That’s not to diminish the hurt it causes.
The only thing which works for me with my guy friends is to sort of laugh with them too, then be completely straight with where I am at: “do you think I will be deaf by the time I am 60, will I be able to work? Will my girlfriend leave me?” That seemed to put them in a mind set that helped them better relate. LOL.
Sorry to hear what you are going through. It sucks for sure.