Okay, I use the term “heal” metaphorically. But for the past eight years of that rollercoaster ride known as hearing loss, I’ve found laughter to be the most effective remedy for coping with the inevitable.
“So I’m going deaf,” I say with a slight chuckle to my family and friends. “What’s new with YOU?”
For the record, it really isn’t fun to ask my three kids to repeat themselves multiple times so my flawed ears can hear them. It also isn’t a picnic to attempt to talk on the cell phone with background noise or to engage in conversation in a crowded restaurant with Musak blaring at full volume. And I wouldn’t choose to fall asleep at night to the sound of ringing sirens in my ears.
But every time I open my mouth, tilt my head back, and let out a snorty laugh, it makes me feel good. For a few seconds, I forget all about my lost hearing decibels. My whole body becomes euphoric, filled with the feel-good endorphins of a make-your-belly-hurt chuckle.
Do I live in hearing loss denial? Is that why it’s so easy to have a sense of humor about it all?
Recently, my husband and I completed a personality test known as the Flag Page, created by Mark Gungor. The results revealed that Hubby loves for life to be calm, precise, and predictable. Mine? It showed that I like to have fun. In fact, my fun-o-meter is so high that the test rated me at a 204 score for fun, one of the highest scores on the planet.
Does that explain why I can find the ‘ha-ha’ moment in just about anything? Is it possible for anyone with hearing loss to cultivate the same sense of fun and humor?
If laughing at the thought of progressively going deaf doesn’t amuse you, might I offer these suggestions:
- Take a deep breath. In and out. Keep doing it until you feel like you’re ready to pass out. Feel better?
- Write down what it is about hearing loss that annoys you, then laugh like a moron at that list. How do you feel now?
- Pick the funniest movie you’ve ever seen, invite your hearing family and friends to watch it with you. Then, during a pivotal scene, mute the volume. Pretend like you can lip read everything in that scene, then laugh like a mad person.
Okay, you should feel much better now.
So my tips may be a little outlandish. But reading them hopefully turned your frown upside down. Hopefully? (C’mon, laugh with me here…)