Coping with hearing loss is similar to dealing with other types of long-term illness or disability. The process of coping with any illness often resembles the psychological process for grief or loss. In a way, the person with a hearing loss is faced with not only the physical limitation, but the psychological effects of the loss of being able to hear clearly.

People who develop a hearing loss must learn to accept the hearing loss and recognize the need for treatment or other ways to compensate for the hearing loss. Many people fight the notion of having a hearing loss. The person may associate hearing loss with old age and have difficulty accepting it.

This denial can make it more difficult for the person to live a normal, active life. The person may become less social and isolate themselves from others. Even though the person may be resisting the need for a hearing test and hearing aids, the person may compensate in other ways such as turning the volume of the television louder or sitting closer to people with whom they are speaking.

People with hearing loss may have ideas that the hearing loss will end their ability to function normally. The person may feel as though they can no longer participate in a hobby or continue in their current occupation. This fear of change can make the person resist acceptance of the hearing loss and avoid treatment.

Misunderstandings between the person with a hearing loss and others can occur if the person mishears conversations and responds inappropriately. A person with a hearing loss that is not accepting the hearing impairment is not likely to inform others of their hearing loss. So, the person may be faking the ability to hear clearly. Therefore, the person may inadvertently ignore others who they do not hear or respond incorrectly.

Once a person accepts the hearing impairment, the person can begin to find the best treatment for the hearing loss. Then, the person coping with hearing loss can begin to seek the appropriate treatment and no longer let the hearing loss impair their ability to live.