“Think of all the great music you’re missing out on or the sound of your favorite people you can hear again or for the first time.”
How and when did you first realize you were experiencing hearing loss?
I was born with bilateral hearing loss. I was born totally deaf in my right ear due to nerve not developing and Microtia Atresia.
Where did you first go for information or help? Why?
I went to my hearing care professional and health insurance company.
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 highly recommend that anyone seeking hearing care, please don’t take your time. Hurry and get the research done.
What was your biggest concern about hearing aids? Did that turn out to be true?
I had no concerns about hearing aids. I just wanted to know that I could get one to improve my access to the environmental sounds around me.
How have hearing aids changed your life? How do they help you at your job, in your hobbies or at volunteer activities?
Hearing aids are the best things that has happened to me. I can listen to music better with them on. I can communicate with people one-on-one better. I can certainly hear what’s around me without too much struggle.
What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?
I would say to hurry and see what you can get. Do not wait any longer. Think of all the great music you’re missing out on or the sound of your favorite people you can hear again or for the first time.
Who is your hearing care professional?
Steward Medical Health Care, Otolaryngology Dept.