“Do your homework and check online reviews. Try different kinds of aids before you buy, don’t just buy the first one you are offered.”
How and when did you first realize you were experiencing hearing loss?
My first hearing test was when I was 27. It was for a job that required testing for employment. That is when I realized how bad my hearing actually was.
Where did you first go for information or help? Why?
I went to a provider that was covered in my insurance plan.
Based on your experience, do you have suggestions for others on how and where to start? Any other important things for them to consider?
Do your research, check online reviews. Look for experienced audiologist or a hearing instrument specialist, mine has 35+ years of experience. Try more than one hearing aid to make sure they fit and sound the best for you. Don’t just buy the first one you’re offered.
What was your biggest concern about hearing aids? Did that turn out to be true?
The cost was a concern. My insurance didn’t cover anything.
How have hearing aids changed your life? Were there any unexpected or surprising benefits?
The improvement in my hearing allowed me to enjoy going out to dinner and attend events such as weddings. The hearing aids made me aware of what I was missing in my world and makes it a lot more enjoyable.
Understanding people on my cell phone used to be very difficult. Now my newest hearing aids allow for wireless connection to my cell phone so it transmits the person’s voice to my ear from the aid. This makes it so much easier to communicate and not shy away from talking on the phone.
Has improved hearing inspired you to pursue new activities or causes? Or continue doing things you enjoy?
It has allowed me to open up more in groups and in restaurants because I can understand what people are asking. It has given me the confidence to go back to school. Hearing aids have improved my personal relationships.
What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?
Don’t wait, find a provider with lots of experience. Do your homework and check online reviews. Try different kinds of aids before you buy, don’t just buy the first one you are offered.
Which hearing aid do you currently have?
Who is your hearing care professional?