“Always, always, always protect your hearing.”
How and when did you first realize you were experiencing hearing loss?
I was diagnosed at age 4 with hearing loss. It wasn’t until my late 30s that I noticed I had a hard time on the phone and in conversations where I realized something was different and my loss had changed.
Where did you first go for information or help? Why?
My audiologist. She has my complete history and I knew she would be honest with me about what my options were. I also scoured the internet and found some support in online groups.
Based on your experience, do you have suggestions for others on how and where to start? Any other important things for them to consider?
Always, always, always protect your hearing. From little on – hearing health is just as important as eye or dental health… we regularly go to get these checked, so treat hearing as important to your health as these!
What was your biggest concern about hearing aids? Did that turn out to be true?
That I wouldn’t like them after spending so much money. Yes and no. It took a while to get used to the everyday noise of life again. I wouldn’t trade them for anything now!
How have hearing aids changed your life? How do they help you at your job, in your hobbies or at volunteer activities?
I ask, “what did you say” far less frequently now! In all seriousness, I can participate more fully in life and am much less worried about missing things.
What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?
Go for it!
Which hearing aid do you currently have?