Along with Mental Health Awareness Month, the merry month of May generously shares her 31 days with Better Hearing & Speech Month.

National Speech-Language-Hearing Month (

When I was nine months of age, I underwent a mastoidectomy behind my left ear. At the age of 60, a second mastoid damaged the same ear.

To overcome my hearing loss, a recent insertion of a small plastic tube into my left eardrum helps prevent fluid buildup and infections.

The tube has also improved my interaction with others because I don’t have to ask them to repeat what they said—or at least I don’t have to ask them as often.

But by far, the most disabling communication disorder I ever experienced was when denial whispered in my ear that the noisy addictive behavior in my family was normal. Fearful of the truth, I ignored the subtle sounds of truth that were infecting my entire family.

What about you? Are you deliberately ignoring the reverberation of reality?

In your head, are you denying what you know in your spirit to be true—your life has become unmanageable?

When we allow denial’s warning to be drowned because we are too busy taking care of the noisemakers in our lives, we open ourselves to a disease that will spread and taint all those we love.

Friends, are you willing to take your fingers out of your ears and listen?

If you think an ear infection is painful, then you may want to consider getting rid of the la-la-la’s of denial.

Day Ten from my book, My Resurrected Heart: A Codependent’s Journey to Healing reminds us that ‘denial’ is an infection that contaminates the spirit. (Jellen 39).

If you have ears, pay attention! (Matthew 11:15 CEV).