Hearing loss and tinnitus/hyperacusis are not lethal. We do not die from noise or ear pain. Still, we do go through a grieving process as we learn to accept a new normal. We don't die but we grieve for the old life we have to leave behind.....The life without noise and pain, when we could play music or hang out in bars or actually hear people in restaurants, etc. We go through the stages of grief, beginning with denial. We try different types of doctors because we think they must be wrong and surely, someone can fix this. We go through the anger. Why me? We go through bargaining and depression and finally reach acceptance. We accept our new normal, complete with noise and pain and unwelcome challenges and lifestyle changes.