“The best resource I found was my audiologist.”
How and when did you first realize you were experiencing hearing loss?
I have left-sided hearing loss since childhood. I had a BAHA (bone-anchored hearing aid) placed on the left but the sound quality was poor. I hesitated in getting a hearing aid for the right. I became more isolated as it became frustrating to communicate for me, and those around me.
How long did it take to first seek care from a professional? Did you have hesitation? Why or why not?
More than 2 years. I was in denial and I was concerned that it would not help, especially if the sound quality was poor.
Where did you first go for information or help?
ENT and audiologist at the Mayo Clinic.
Based on your experience, do you have suggestions for others on how and where to start? Any other important things for them to consider?
Start with acknowledging that there may be an issue and start with your family doctor. The best resource I found was my audiologist.
What was your biggest concern about hearing aids? Did that turn out to be true?
The sound quality and comfort. Neither were true.
How have hearing aids changed your life? Were there any unexpected or surprising benefits?
I dropped the TV volume from 80 to 15. I can now hear birds outside my windows in the morning.
What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?
Try it! It will change your life.
Which hearing aid do you currently have?