Steven Shear, Junction City, OR

“It is, without a doubt, worth the investment! It will add a richness to your life.”


How and when did you first realize you were experiencing hearing loss?

I noticed a ringing in my ears that would not go away, that became magnified after shooting a shotgun. My problem was self-inflicted as I never sufficiently protected my hearing while in my wood shop, creating a hearing loss.

Where did you first go for information or help? Why?

I went to a hearing center in Scottsdale, Arizona, while on vacation, visiting my son and his wife. My son had detected signs that my hearing was declining, such as turning my head when he was speaking to me so that my ear was pointed towards him.

Based on your experience, do you have suggestions for others on how and where to start? Any other important things for them to consider?

I was oblivious to most of my hearing issues, so my encouragement is to get your hearing tested. If there is no hearing loss the test will establish a baseline. If there is hearing loss the correction (hearing aid) will amaze you.

What was your biggest concern about hearing aids? Did that turn out to be true?

I thought they would feel clumsy and annoying. However, neither of those items are true. I can’t even tell that I am wearing them.

How have hearing aids changed your life? Were there any unexpected or surprising benefits?

I can hear the little things in life again. It’s like stepping out of a padded room into the outdoors, with the birds chirping and the wind gently blowing. I can now hear those things. My life is richer, as a result.

Has improved hearing inspired you to pursue new activities or causes? Or continue doing things you enjoy?

I am spending more time with church activities, and have done some inmate visitations at the local jail.

What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?

It is, without a doubt, worth the investment! It will add a richness to your life. Why would you want to miss all the little things in life, when you have a chance to participate in them?

Which hearing aid do you currently have?

ReSound LiNX2

Who is your hearing care professional?

Dr. Jeffrey Berg, Audiology Associates of Southern Oregon

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