Daily Prompt: A Source of Anxiety Write about a noise that won’t go away. #EmotionalIntelligence topic:Tinnitis Do you know about that?
When Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL), took away the hearing from my right ear, tinnitus jumped into fill the void. The voice of my tinnitus is like the grinding of a fax machine. Unpleasant. But as the doctors say, in time you learn to ignore it. Not ideal, but true and true of many things.
Once the grands started learning to talk, they lost interest in signing, but I keep at it as in time they may be the only people in the family who will pass me the potatoes when I want more.
Tip five: If you have a hearing aid or qualify for one, you probably also qualify for a Caption Phone. Mine was free, but as with all things now you have to pay a bit, but not if you prove how destitute you are. Currently Caption Phones have the same draw back as captioning on tv or at the movies. Mainly phonetic spelling, but also a bit of a lag between what is said and what appears for your reading pleasure. Take my word for it, with all the problems captions are better than nothing.
Life is full of pain and suffering. Fortunately for most of us, life is also full of beauty and pleasure. Rating things particularly when bad things come your way helps you endure the bad.
What do I mean by rating? Thinking about how things could be better or worse using a ten point scale. Ten – hell on earth, nine – life threatening; eight – very bad; seven – bad; six – not good; five – bearable; four – okay; three – good; two – very good; and one – the best that could be.
Many just use a three point scale, but I think ten points makes it harder to do what Albert Ellis called “Awfulizing” and what the sages call “Making mountains out of rat holes.”
My deafness fluctuates between five and seven. Seven at first and then when I want to music back in my life or to hear what someone I care about is saying. Bearable most of the time and even okay or good occasionally.
When is it okay? When David wants the radio on when I want to sleep is rates a four or someone is filibustering about something I am just not interested in hearing.
Meanwhile, be grateful for all you have been given. smile as often as you can, laugh and play, always remember what matters.
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Thank you for all you do and as always work to stay strong, not always easy, but worth while.
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