Typical reactions to loss of any kind include shock, grief and anger. Eventually the anger should give way to more positive feelings, or at least a sense of acceptance. There are positive ways of dealing with hearing loss which help a person to rise up to her new challenges.
First of all, it is a good idea to let the emotions come so that they can also pass. After this, take stock of your support network. This will include all of the people who have been with you throughout the initial crisis: your spouse, siblings, friends, physicians and colleagues. Accept their help and tell them what you need. If you do not have enough supportive people in your life, find some. If there are people who encourage you to nurture anger, either try to lead them in a better direction or spend less time with them.
There are support groups which bring people with varying degrees of hearing loss together. Participants include individuals with moderate hearing loss and total deafness. Everyone is there to encourage one another and share feelings of frustration, perhaps those which arise from struggling to communicate or the challenges of learning sign language and lip reading.
Here you will probably learn about the latest hearing aids on the market. Perhaps there will be knowledge to share which you will find helpful.
Certain websites focused on hearing loss post useful advice about how to cope with this new situation, but also post statistics which could shock you. For instance, about 10% of people struggle to hear properly with about half of those over the age of 55. This means that, far from being alone, you keep considerable company. Statistics alone are pointless, however, unless they tell you something you can work with. These numbers can be reassuring, but they might also cause you to want to research the topic further.
Use your experience to help prevent hearing loss in others. For some people it is a genetic problem and nothing would have prevented it. In certain people the cause is external: loud music, lack of ear defenders in a noisy working environment, or factors which are not commonly recognized. Think about what it would mean not to have a hearing aid or a support group. Are there young people who need hearing aids but whose parents cannot afford them? Raise funds and awareness for others. Turn your loss into a treasured experience.