Claire, Adam and His Mum
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Jonathan and Ross (USA, 2009)
Per and Lene (Denmark, 2014)
Stage: Pre-Contemplation, Contemplation, Action, Maintenance, Relapse
Recommended Tools: Motivation Tools, Communication Partner Tools, Patient Journey, Living Well
Description: This story is about Per and Lene’s shared journey into a life with hearing loss. The journey starts, as it often does with hearing loss, years earlier. We join them on the last leg of their journey towards taking action. We meet Per and Lene for the first time in their home on a sunny afternoon in the outskirts of Copenhagen.
Over the next two years, we follow them during their visits to the clinic but more than that, we are invited into their home and hearts to share their thoughts, concerns, and feelings about living with hearing loss. We were surprised by how it ended. The film gives a unique insight into Lene’s frustrations and the acceptance of her decisions, and what really matters in her life. Even though the couple has an almost identical hearing loss, they are not in agreement about its significance. Per is more ambiguous. He expresses his fear when he asks, “When are you handicapped? When you can’t hear or when people can see you have the hearing aids in?” The question is about changed self-perception and the fear of stigmatization and less about fading sounds. And that is what this film is about, too.