“Working with a hearing specialist to identify the environments where you struggle to hear is vital.”
How and when did you first realize you were experiencing hearing loss?
I increasingly had difficulty hearing in public places with a lot of other sounds from the environment (traffic, other people talking – a restaurant, or meetings). I was frustrated asking people to repeat themselves when I couldn’t understand them.
Where did you first go for information or help? Why?
An audiologist because my wife’s step-father was the original cochlear implant research candidate back in the 1970s. His experience and knowledge helped me know where to go.
Based on your experience, do you have suggestions for others on how and where to start? Any other important things for them to consider?
Get your hearing tested sooner rather than later. It will help determine your base line hearing ability and whether hearing aids will help you. Working with a hearing specialist to identify the environments where you struggle to hear is vital.
What was your biggest concern about hearing aids? Did that turn out to be true?
Would they actually help me hear better? They helped a lot and the adjustment period was just a couple of weeks.
How have hearing aids changed your life? How do they help you at your job, in your hobbies or at volunteer activities?
I would have had to retire early without hearing aids. I love what I do in coaching and training leaders and my hearing aids allow me to continue doing what I love!
What would you tell someone who is considering hearing aids?
Get tested now. Determine exactly what your hearing is like now (get a baseline). Work with the hearing specialist to determine the environments where you struggle to hear. Try different types of hearing aids to find the type right for you.
Which hearing aid do you currently have?
Who is your hearing care professional?