This presentation describes several psychosocial challenges with hearing loss and methods of nurturing one’s resilience. These include managing traumatic influences, helplessness, anxiety and fear, anger and rage, self-esteem, and reconciling one’s group identity. Methods of overcoming “internalized handicaps” will be explained. Persons with hearing loss too frequently accept a wide array of self-deprecatory beliefs as self-evident truths which are beyond scrutiny.
Michael A. Harvey, Ph.D., A.B.P.P. is a psychologist in private practice in Framingham, Massachusetts. He provides training and consultation on mental health issues having to do with hearing loss, including consultation and training for audiologists regarding motivational interviewing and the psychological aspects of patient care. As a clinical psychologist, he... Read More >