Hearing loss is something that is frustrating for a number of reasons. When you can’t hear what people are saying, you end up missing a lot of conversations which can make you feel left out and put a barrier between you and your loved ones. It can also be exhausting because of the amount of effort it takes to concentrate to hear what others are saying.

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to make dealing with hearing loss easier if you’re not yet ready or able to get a hearing aid. We’ve gathered a few tips that will help anyone dealing with the frustration of hearing loss.

Here are five tips on dealing with the frustration of hearing loss:

  1. Maintain Perspective

This is especially true of hearing loss is the only thing that you’re dealing with. For many people, they have a number of medical issues that start to pop up that they have to deal with all at once. If hearing loss is the only thing that you are worrying about right now, you’ve got it pretty easy. Take a moment to think about the people dealing with diabetes, arthritis, failing eyesight, and even cancer and you’ll soon realize how good you’ve got.

It’s also important to remember that your hearing isn’t everything. You still have other senses that you can use to experience the world around you. And there are other ways that you can communicate with the people around you, so you don’t only have your hearing. After all, there are plenty of people in the world that live their entire lives without their hearing, and so you can handle a few years without it.

  1. Take a Break

Sometimes, the frustration gets overwhelming and you just need to take a break to unwind and refocus. This may look like simply being alone for a few minutes to take some deep breaths to help yourself calm down, or it may mean setting aside time at the end of the day for a hot bath to just relax and recharge.

  1. Stay Positive

The easiest way to stay positive while dealing with hearing loss is to keep your focus on the things that you can still hear. Although you might not be able to hear the birds singing outside your window anymore, if you can still hear your granddaughter sing at her choir concert, then you can celebrate that. You also may not to hear people across the room, but if you can hear the person next to you, let that be enough for you.

  1. Find New Hobbies

If you’ve got hobbies that hearing loss makes difficult or even impossible, then try to find some new hobbies that you can enjoy that may even be easier with hearing loss. You might start doing puzzles, reading more, or even take up playing chess. The quiet given to you by your hearing loss can make these activities even more enjoyable. As you pursue new hobbies, you simply never know what you’ll end up loving and wondering why you didn’t discover it sooner.

  1. Find a Support Group

Sometimes, you just need to talk it out with other people that know what you’re going through to be able to deal with your hearing loss. Ask around at your local community center or even churches in your area to find out about hearing loss support groups that you can attend. If you can’t find a support group to attend in person, you can also look online for hearing loss communities where you can share stories and get even more tips for dealing with the frustration of hearing loss.

Of course, the best way to deal with the frustration of hearing loss is to take steps to reverse it by getting hearing aids. Ask your audiologist about getting hearing aids today.