Hearing loss is a long, slow process for most. I know it's a sudden change for some as well.
When it happens slowly, you don't notice it in the passing of each day, month or year.
Six weeks ago I began using hearing aides. Now the world is so different with natural sounds filtered through the device.
I'm happy to have them, even though it's a leaning process. No missed words in conversations because now I can hear them all.
The strange part is that I feel I am encased in a diving suit and separated from everyone. It's a lonely feeling, even though it's all in my mind and I am otherwise reasonably well.
The blessing in my hearing loss and hearing aids is a new appreciation for what I hear, even if it's through a filter, amplified in some places and muted in others.
It's a journey and a beginning, not an ending.