Gerry Lerman

Mashpee, MA

“Start with an audiologist. Have a hearing test.”

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

When my mother was in her 90s she wore hearing aids that weren’t great. When in a crowd she would always smile, nod and agree with whatever you said. When I saw myself doing that in a crowd I knew it was time.

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

I went to an Audiologist recommended by a friend.

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 an audiologist. Have a hearing test. Maybe it’s just wax build up and you won’t need hearing aids, but if you do you will be glad you did it. You don’t know what you are missing.

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

Comfort and getting used to hearing aids. It was never a problem because I was determined to hear better.

How have hearing aids changed your life? How do they help you at your job, in your hobbies or at volunteer activities?

I’m retired now, but it made conversations with customers easier. The TV volume is now lower in the house to keep everyone happy. It’s easier to hear in different settings, like restaurants, theaters, and lectures.

What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?

I know it sounds like an ad from ReSound but, don’t wait, you don’t know what you are missing.

Who is your hearing care professional?