Part One

“Communication” is something I’ve had the opportunity to discuss with people from all over the United States. Whether face-to-face, or on numerous message boards on the internet, “communication” is always a topic that comes up at some point.

I don’t believe communication is only important to the population I now find myself a member of due to my hearing loss. Certainly communication is problematic for us, but even people with perfect hearing can find that they are poor communicators.

Divorce, childhood background, personalities, and personal tragedies can all influence our ability to communicate effectively. However, I am convinced that unless one has an open and vibrant relationship with God, they will always struggle with communication. It boils down to the fact that if you “can’t talk to God, you can’t talk to anyone”.

Especially true if someone who has an acquired disability is also a Christian. If their relationship with God is “not working” due to bitterness, anger, denial, depression, etc., then how can they even begin to communicate effectively with other people? I would think that their relationship with God must be “made right” where communication is again open and meaningful before they can even attempt communicating with others.

Denise Portis
©2007 Hearing Loss Diary

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